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What Counts as a “Crisis” at the Teachers’ Pension Funds?

TRA admits to a $30.7 billion liability but only has $21.2 billion to cover those promised pensions. TRA says based on the 2017 valuation, it only has $0.69 on the dollar to pay pensions to teachers. If there are no changes, it will only have 50% of funds in 2046. TRA used 2017 numbers because the markets were up—a lot. If it uses the 2016 valuation, the fund is expected to have only 37% of the needed funds in 2046. Why isn’t this a crisis? ...

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Do teachers oppose or support forced union dues?

I have no doubt that most teachers are dedicated professionals who just want to teach—and like the mean girls we all knew in school, that it is a small minority of teachers bullying and enforcing a trade union mentality that is making teachers miserable and creating a hostile environment for the free exchange of ideas. Let’s win that basic freedom back for teachers and our schools. ...

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Attorney General’s Office Argues DFL Legislature Purposely Made It Harder for PCAs to Decertify the SEIU

The AG’s office argued in Ramsey County Court today that the 2013 Legislature wanted to be sure that, once the PCAs had been unionized as "state employees", it would be very difficult for PCAs to ever get a contact list for a decertification effort. They are state employees when it favors the union, and they are not state employees when it favors the union. Got it? ...

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Will Minnesota be a right to work state by next June?

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court did something courts often do: instead of doing its job and ruling on the law, the Court split the baby, acting like a legislative body instead of a court. It crafted a law for the whole country that has warped our electoral and legislative process beyond recognition. Congress does not get off the hook here. It long ago could have—and still should-- force government unions to be fully transparent with how they spend union dues. But Congress is too afraid of the unions. Will the Court clean up its own mess?...

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WSJ Reader reacts to Education Minnesota: It’s all about the money (and the power)

Numbers to explain why the teachers' union Education Minnesota wants to make it next-to-impossible for state teachers to avoid paying union dues: Total compensation of Education Minnesota President Denise Specht (2015): $194,745; Number of Education Minnesota employees with total compensation of $100,000+ (2015): 68 ...

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Supreme Court agrees to hear First Amendment Case: A Victory would end Public Employee Unions’ Monopoly Power

If Janus wins, unionized public employees in non-right-to-work states like Illinois and Minnesota will be able to keep their jobs, even if they do not join or financially support the union. The result could be a significant decrease in public employee union membership, millions of dollars less revenue from dues and fees and further erosion of organized labor’s political clout at the state and national level. ...

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The DFL’s “Young Learners” Marching to Pre-School This Fall

Children of all ages need to play and get lots of rest. Nursery school-age children, even at-risk kids who may need our special care and support, do not belong institutional settings like schools, nor do they need to learn a whole more than the fact that learning is really fun. Make ideas, colors, numbers and shapes available at home, nursery programs or child care....

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Victory: PCA Access to Union List Upheld by Court

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling is a significant win for MNPCA and the 8,500 PCAs in Minnesota who have signed a card to authorize a new election. It is the Center’s position that a new election is the only equitable solution for PCAs. Even better? Have the 2014 election tossed out for fraud. ...

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Teachers Union Urges Resistance to DeVos & “Cruel” Education Budget

The national teachers union American Federation of Teachers (AFT) continues to "sound the alarm” on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In a strongly worded call to action email, AFT President Randi Weingarten labels Secretary DeVos as a “public school denier” and someone who “doesn’t care” and is “ill-prepared” to be education secretary. Weingarten then goes after the Trump-DeVos budget proposal and urges readers to join forces with the union and “oppose this cruel and catastrophic budget.” The resistance DeVos has faced confirms her biggest fight for educational choice is against well-funded unions who oppose anyone that threatens their political power....

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