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Teachers and ESPs have a Narrow Seven -Day Window to Resign from Education Minnesota: September 24-30

In most cases, the terms for resigning from the union are usually based on the anniversary date of when you signed the card. This means that the date to resign is unique to the individual employee. But for the 66,000 licensed K-12 teachers and 7,400 ESPs (para-professionals, payroll clerks and lunch room helpers) who signed an Education Minnesota union card, there is a very narrow seven-day window to resign that runs between September 24 and September 30. ...

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Pensions are under pressure, but unions misplace the blame

Minnesota’s unfunded public pension obligations are not a new problem. But reform is difficult when government unions turn a blind eye to shortchanged pension funds and oppose necessary steps to fix the broken system. Several of the state’s public sector unions—including Education Minnesota, SEIU, and AFSCME Council 5—retweeted a cartoon about pensions with a perilous message about the state of defined benefit plans. The unions are scaring their members into thinking pensions will disappear because of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Janus v. AFSCME, conveniently excluding the fact that Minnesota has had pension liabilities each year for almost a...

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MN Teachers’ Union Calls Attention to Center’s Employee Freedom Project and Billboards

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht uses her column in the union's publication, Minnesota Educator to call out the Center’s EducatedTeachersMN project and its electronic billboards that welcomed union officials and delegates to the NEA's national convention held in Minneapolis this summer. Specht’s criticism of the signage? The blackboard background....

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Uff-Da: What teachers must do to get a $30 refund from Education Minnesota for PAC, etc.

The full implications of the Janus case will not be known for many years. In the meantime, teachers and the legislators who represent them, should insist that the union adopt new customer friendly policies that are respectful of the rights and time of teachers. Eliminating Education Minnesota’s PAC refund policy is a good place to begin....

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Met Council has a new director of equal opportunity but not enough bus drivers. Some Routes Suspended.

One of the Met Council’s core functions is transit. I could not help wondering if the Council focused more on delivering good transit, rather than trying to re-arrange the metro area according to its own “progressive” political and social agenda maybe it would not find itself without enough drivers. ...

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Firing-up Liberty Genes

I was an external candidate when I was hired as an editorial writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the summer of 1983.  This was very good news for me, but it was bad news for two insiders at the paper, both reporters, who had wanted the job but didn’t get it. As to be expected, the union, called the Newspaper Guild, also grieved my appointment.  In practical terms, this meant they wanted me un-hired.  Problem was, I was now a member of that very same union.  And not only was I a member, but I was dues-paying one. So,...

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Mrs. Greene Goes to Washington: Trump Administration to Roll Back the Dayton-Smith-DFL Union Dues Skimming Scheme

To be clear, if the Obama rule is fixed, the unions that have been certified would unfortunately continue until they are decertified—that is why MNPCA is not giving up in Minnesota. Decertification is the only way to get rid of these predatory unions; that and a declaration from Congress that they are illegal. But the state of Minnesota could no longer deduct union dues for the SEIU and deposit it in their coffers. ...

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Teachers want unions to focus more on professional needs, but are they listening?

Thanks to Janus, government unions have an opportunity to reboot for the better, but they are faced with a choice: Will they continue prioritizing political objectives unrelated to meeting the needs of their members? Or will they be more attentive and responsive to professional interests?...

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