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Gov. Walz must restore Minnesota public employees’ First Amendment rights

In a press release the Center sent out earlier this morning, I called on Governor Walz to fulfill his legal obligation as governor by fully restoring public employees’ First Amendment rights in Minnesota. The state is not in compliance with the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME and has made no move to enforce the constitutional rights of union members. ...

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Teacher Opt-Out Window Ends Monday, Know Where the Dues Go

Minnesota educators, don't miss your once-a-year-only opportunity to resign from union membership. If you had to guess what percent of every union dues dollar is going to the local chapter that handles most of the day-to-day representational activities and collective bargaining services, what would you guess? ...

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Teachers’ unions complain about charter schools, but students at these schools succeed

With a new school year underway, there are 7,000 charter schools serving thousands of students across the country. And these public schools are able to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways: from traditional school days to online instruction to an online and in-person combination. But according to The Washington Times article by Jonathan Butcher, not everyone is excited that students are succeeding in the learning environment that is right for them....

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The Center signs on to letter urging Congress to defend American workers from union coercion

Led by the Americans for Tax Reform, a coalition of more than 60 organizations across the country, including the Center, sent a letter today to Congress urging its members to vote against the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act, introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Bobby Scott in May, puts the interests of big labor ahead of American workers and taxpayers....

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Pushing back against teachers’ union is not an attack on teachers

During the month of September, Minnesota teachers have the opportunity to evaluate their relationship with the teachers’ union. It’s a sensitive subject—the teachers’ union has been imbedded in K-12 education for many years. But pushing back against the union’s agenda when it doesn’t promote educational excellence is not an attack on teachers or the teaching profession. Rather, it’s an attempt to start a conversation about the union flexing its political muscle and missing the mark on what teachers want the union to prioritize. Photo source: Getty Images...

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8-Year Analysis: Labor unions spend more than $1.6 billion in dues on liberal politics

Despite representing hundreds of thousands of public employees who fall all along the political spectrum, government unions are notorious for almost exclusively financially supporting one political party and its affiliates. Union officials have sent more than $1.6 billion in union member dues over an eight-year period to hundreds of liberal advocacy groups aligned with the Democratic Party....

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