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Time to celebrate National Employee Freedom Week!

NEFW is an annual awareness campaign held each August that seeks to empower every American to make his or her own decision about association or union membership. Through the Center's EmployeeFreedomMN and EducatedTeachersMN projects, we have worked hard to make sure every public employee in Minnesota knows his or her rights and options regarding union membership....

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‘Freeloader’ claims disparage public employees unions fought to represent

Just as educators encourage their students to be independent thinkers and hold true to themselves, so too should educators be trusted by their colleagues to make decisions regarding union membership that are best for them and their families. Unfortunately, not all of those in the education field exhibit this respect and instead succumb to name-calling. ...

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Minnesota Continues to Violate Public Employee Speech Rights

The Center launched the Employee Freedom Project late in 2015. The goal was to alert public employees, the citizenry and elected officials not only about the dominant role public-sector unions have come to play in setting public policy and electing the officials who govern our lives but to expose how public employees were being forced to fund the political agenda and political preferences of government unions. Since then, some very good things have happened but much is left to be done....

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National Teachers’ Union Adopts New Social Agenda, Votes Down Proposal to Prioritize Student Learning

The national teachers’ union—the National Education Association—held its annual convention in Houston the beginning of July. This year, NEA delegates voted and approved new business items such as teaching the concept of “White Fragility” in trainings and staff development, and endorsing “the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.” A resolution to make student learning a priority was defeated. ...

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