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Litigation Continues Following the Janus Employee Freedom Victory: Could You be a Plaintiff?

Janus v Afscme was not just about ending “fair share” fees. The Supreme Court ruled that public-sector unions must get "clear and affirmative consent" from union members before taking money from an employee's paycheck for union dues. But employers and government unions are ignoring that directive. The Center is looking for public employees who want to exercise their constitutional right to resign union membership but cannot do so because of restrictive union terms. Could that plaintiff be you? ...

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Minnesota teachers are judged solely by the color of their skin; asked to change curriculum for black students.

While we are still thinking about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I wanted to bring a startling development to your attention: public school teachers are being subjected to on-the-job mental abuse and bullying. Teachers are being told they are white supremacists by people who judge them solely on the basis of their skin color. They are forced to listen to crude language (so they could better understand black culture), and then blamed, as whites, for the achievement gap. The kicker? Teachers are being asked to change the "white curriculum" to accommodate black students. Who does this serve? Certainly not teachers...

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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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