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The Thrill is Gone: Minnesota Students Are Being Deprived of Real Protest. Even in Chaska.

Do you remember the good old days when walking out of school, or skipping school, had real consequences? Now in many school districts in Minnesota and around the country, the left has so deeply permeated school administrations and the teachers’ union, that they are helping students stage protests. They are even helping students make posters in the classrooms. providing materials and class time! ...

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Teacher Union Advisory to Teachers: Walk the Fine Line to Support School Protests (e.g. Disrupt School)

Reasonable people disagree on gun control and how to keep our schools safe. The question is what is the proper forum for discussion? The NEA has endorsed school administrators leveraging taxpayer dollars and classroom time to support this political movement. This is very dangerous territory for our nation and our public schools. The NEA and its affiliates need to be called out and held accountable by state lawmakers and Congress so parents and teachers can take our schools back. Will they have the courage to do it? ...

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Children Are Being Used to Call for Gun Control Wednesday: Keep Your Children Home (In Protest) #KeepYourKidHome

School aged children will be walking out of classrooms tomorrow morning all over Minnesota and the nation to “protest” in favor of new gun-control laws. My suggestion if your school is participating? Keep your children home from school. The districts will lose the per diem funding from the state for the whole day. It is the only thing that will get them to sit up and take notice from Minnesotans who do not think this is proper. #KeepYourKidHome...

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Union Loophole is Challenged in Massachusetts: Could Minnesota be Next?

In forced-dues states like Minnesota, teachers and cops are forced to fund the political agenda of their union. So for example, in 2016, the teachers’ union and AFSCME (both AFL-CIO affiliated) and the SEIU all supported candidate Hillary Clinton. That means that public employees who preferred one of the GOP candidates, or Bernie Sanders, were essentially forced to write a check to Hillary Clinton and the DNC in order to keep their job. Doesn’t that seem out of whack in America? ...

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Should Teachers Have the Right to Strike? A Look at West Virginia and the Twin Cities.

Reasonable people can disagree about the wisdom of allowing public employees to legally strike, especially when union members are sitting on the school board. If strikes are illegal, as we saw in West Virginia, it does not mean that teachers cannot strike. The chances of being fired are close to zero, whether the state is right to work or not....

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Teachers Pension, on Downward Slide, Wants to Lower Return Assumption: Admits to $9 Billion Deficit Even with Taxpayer Cash Aid

The Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) told legislators last month that it wanted to drop its assumed rate of return from 8.5% to 7.5%. TRA is the last fund in the U.S. to assume an 8.5% rate of return; the average is now 7.36%. The other pension funds in Minnesota assumed 8%. Why do Minnesota funds think they can earn more than other funds in the country? What if they are wrong? TRA is the last public fund in the entire United States to assume 8.5%. ...

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Another Segment: Union Dues Spent on Political Advocacy Without Permission

Hard-working public employees are forced to pay money to a government union as a pre-condition of employment. The decision to financially support a union is a decision that employees should get to make for themselves, not one that is decided for them. Especially when their dues—and “fair share fees”—are being used to advance politics that may conflict with their beliefs. Like a previous post I wrote, this post will raise awareness about another group being financed by union money without prior member approval....

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What Big Labor Thinks of American Experiment

The current issue of the New Labor Forum includes a long column by Max Fraser, a left-winger who writes for publications like the Nation and Dissent and, improbably, is associated with both Dartmouth and Yale. His column is titled "Organized Money: What is Corporate America Thinking?--Freedom’s Janus Face." Fraser briefly notes the likely significance of the Janus case: [W]ith the Court likely to issue a decision in the closely watched Janus v. AFSCME case sometime in late spring or early summer, the pro-business forces which have been spearheading the legislative and juridical assault have already begun sharpening their knives for what may...

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Janus Union Fee Case Already Having a Good Effect, Except @ AFT

"The internal AFT slideshow predicts that if the Supreme Court rules to undercut agency fees, the increased time spent on “member maintenance” will detract from the organization’s “other more progressive union activities,” which are unspecified in the document. Some unions, it also warns, won’t be able to stay afloat."...

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Why Public Sector Unions Are Inherently Corrupt

Michael Ramirez uses a familiar desktop toy to illustrate why public sector unions inherently pose a conflict of interest. Click to enlarge: When politicians negotiate the pay and benefits of union members with union officials, who then turn around and contribute to the politicians' campaigns, the inevitable result is corruption. In 21st century America, largely because of public sector unions, government itself has become our nation's largest and most powerful special interest group. Franklin Roosevelt opposed collective bargaining by government sector employees. I disagree with Roosevelt on many issues, but this one, I think he got right. ...

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