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Before a school strike, let’s be clear about some numbers

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators has scheduled a strike for Tuesday over the lack of progress at the bargaining table between the teachers’ union and the Saint Paul Public Schools district (SPPS). Included in the union’s 31 contract proposals is a demand for teacher salary increases over the two-year life of the collective bargaining agreement — a 3.4 percent increase retroactive to July 1, 2019, and a 2 percent increase that would take effect July 1, 2020. On the surface, these salary increases may seem reasonable, but a deeper dive into the numbers provides more clarity around the union’s...

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Teachers’ union opposition to increased transparency proposal falls flat

I recently posted on the Department of Labor’s proposed federal regulation that would improve the financial transparency and democratic procedures of unions. The Center, along with many other organizations across the country, submitted thoughtful comments in support of the proposed rule, while the National Education Association encouraged its union members to comment in opposition. Those submissions, though, were a bit embarrassing. ...

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Teachers’ union proposed salary increases are misleading

Last Thursday, the St. Paul teachers’ union held a vote to authorize a strike. The strike would be in response to stalled negotiations with the district over a new two-year contract, which the union wants to include a 3.4 percent salary increase for the first year and a 2 percent salary increase for the second year. Doesn't seem that unreasonable, right? ...

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Resurfaced: Bloomberg’s past comments compare civil liberties, teachers’ union to NRA

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has not been shy about his mission to take on the National Rifle Association, but remarks he made in 2013 comparing the organization to two Democratic-aligned groups may complicate some of his key liberal relationships....

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Public sector unions have pattern of committing forgery against their own members

Government unions aren’t happy their grip on public employees’ paychecks has been loosened. So, they hide behind bureaucratic minutiae to prevent dissatisfied members from leaving and have even resorted to the criminal activity of forgery to illegally continue collecting dues. This is wrong. ...

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Teachers’ union Legislative Report Card confirms its political agenda

The National Education Association—the country’s largest teachers’ union—recently released its Legislative Report Card for the 116th Congress. The union gave each member of Congress a letter grade of A through F, claiming its report card “shows some signs of bipartisanship.” Who is the NEA kidding?...

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Wisconsin’s union recertification requirement represents true workplace democracy

Despite Education Minnesota’s stated “commitment” to “workplace democracy” as one of its core, institutional objectives, teachers have not had the opportunity to vote for, or against, union representation in many generations. In Wisconsin, thanks to Act 10, annual union recertification elections give teachers the right to vote for their representation in the upcoming collective bargaining for the school year. If teachers are not satisfied with the union, they can assess their exclusive representative relationship through a secret-ballot recertification election. ...

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