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The Janus Effect: Public Sector Unionization Rate is Slightly Down

The rate of unionization in Minnesota for state-level employees is now about 98 percent; the rate for municipal employees is about 54 percent, one of the highest rates in the nation. After increasing for decades, the rate of unionization in the public sector dropped by .5 percent. Is this the start of a new trend? ...

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Center of the American Experiment Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Forced Exclusive Representation by Unions

Professor Kathy Uradnik, from St. Cloud University, has bravely taken a stand to demand her First Amendment rights by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end unfair laws that force her to speak through a union she is not a member of. Her union—the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) at St. Cloud State University—created a system that discriminates against non-union faculty members. Minnesota law forces Kathy Uradnik (and all public employees) to accept this second-class treatment....

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‘What Percent Are You?’: 1/3 of Teachers’ Union Employees are in Top 5% Income Bracket or Higher

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht’s gross salary of $192,481 placed her in the top two percent of Americans earning money. Around 1/3 of the union’s employees placed in the fifth percentile income bracket or higher. And 99 out of the 159 employees earned personal incomes higher than the average annual wages for secondary school teachers in Minnesota ($65,290)....

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What would happen if a cabinet secretary walked out during a congressional hearing?

A friend of mine sent me a YouTube video of U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) berating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. He fairly characterized it as “full frontal Madame Mao.” It was hard to watch all eight minutes; I kept looking ahead for a response from DeVos, but in eight minutes the Secretary of Education never got a word in to discuss, well, education policy. It is an old video (from June of 2017) but I think it is typical of what passes for a congressional hearing these days. My friend went on to note that Senator Murray often uses her position to...

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“NEA Convention by the Numbers” from Ace Union Reporter Mike Antonucci Plus New Report Coming Soon

Minnesota teachers pay dues to two national unions, the NEA and AFT, as well as the state union, Education Minnesota. In fact, the bulk of teachers’ dues goes to national and state unions even though the local does the most important thing: collectively bargain and talk to teachers on the ground....

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Teachers’ Union Makes PAC Refund Process Tricky. But Don’t Get Spooked, Request it Today.

Education Minnesota—the state’s teachers’ union—has not been shy about its efforts to bolster the Democratic Party. Through campaign spending and organizational muscle, the union has “dedicated” itself to “help get out the vote” for the election this fall and ensure educators know which candidates Education Minnesota has endorsed (hint: all but one are from the same party). Should members wish to not fund the political left, they must fill out a “PAC Refund Request” form and mail it to Education Minnesota postmarked by October 31 (today). ...

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Education Minnesota is Fully Engaged in the Mid-Term; Raised Dues and PAC Contribution to Fund GOTV Campaign at K-12 Schools

The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden, who covers the education and teachers’ union beat, wrote an article about how the union is aggressively asking teachers to vote and encourage their students to vote. “Education Minnesota’s election strategy: Get more teachers to vote: In high-stakes election, Education Minnesota is focusing on its own members,” October 27, 2018. The article also talked about how hard it is for union members to get PAC and Foundation money back. Here are some excerpts, in case you cannot access the article here: Outside the door to Linda Hagen’s third-grade classroom at Turtle Lake Elementary in Shoreview, there’s a sign that...

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Dayton Administration Data Breach Exposes Minnesota’s Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft

Minnesota’s most vulnerable population has been exposed to a data breach at the state agency that is supposed to guard their privacy and well-being. According to a letter mailed to Medicaid recipients on October 9th, the Department of Human Services (DHS) was hacked twice last summer. Sensitive, private information may have been compromised including name, birthdate, Social Security number, home address, telephone number, medical information, educational records, employment records, and/or financial information. ...

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Education Minnesota: The Union Forces Members to Fund PAC, Makes it Hard to Get Refund

Each year Education Minnesota charges members $25.00 for its political action committee or “PAC.” PAC money is spent on political parties (OK mostly one party), candidates and other political funds. Then it makes members ask for a refund. And makes it hard to get one. This arrangement is disrespectful of members and imposes an unreasonable burden on the constitutional right of teachers and ESPs not to fund a union PAC. The legislature needs to fix this. ...

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