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The National Education Association, the country's largest teachers' union, held its annual convention in Minneapolis this year, beginning in late June and ending in early July. The convention was attended by 8,000 or more delegates from around the country. It began just a day or two after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, holding that governments cannot force public employees to contribute to unions against their will. We wrote here about the fact that we greeted NEA delegates with two billboards, one on Highway 35W and one on Highway 94: Were the billboards effective? This is...

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Anti-Janus Outrage: Allegations of Racism, Authoritarianism Alleged by Desperate Unions

In the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark Janus ruling, unions are in a state of outrage as workers are now allowed to leave. Pro-union media is raining down accusations of racism and authoritarianism on the part of SCOTUS, in attempt to to frighten union workers into maintaining their memberships. Fortunately, the facts remain, and after the media hype subsides, long term positive change is slated to take place. ...

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Moody’s Warns Minnesota: 2018 Pension Bill Not Good Enough

Rating agencies like Moody’s have all threatened to ding the State of Minnesota for not properly funding pensions. This is what finally prompted the Governor and Legislature to act in 2018 (Dayton had 8 years to do it but waited until his second to last year to start to weigh in on a solution, and then his last year to sign a bill). Moody’s released yet another report critical of Minnesota policies, noting that the Omnibus bill was “far from a cure-all.”...

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Teachers’ Union is Meeting on the 4th of July Instead of Celebrating American Independence

The national teachers' union (NEA) convention is in Minneapolis this year. While the rest of America is celebrating  Independence Day, the teachers' union is conducting a day of business at the convention center. If teachers want to influence their union, they have to spend time away from their families and friends. Like it us just any other day of the week....

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National Education Association Meeting: A Social Justice Summit?

Marxist philosophy, abortion, gun control, open borders and transgender advancement were among the political ideas marketed to educators and their classrooms last weekend at the National Education Association (NEA) annual union meeting, hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center. As teachers perused booths retailing titles such as “Marxist Education,” “A World to Win, the Life and Works of Karl Marx,” and “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America,” some attendees questioned the legitimacy of the union as a representative body. As one vendor put it, “do you really think that the average joe, like a normal guy just off the street would come in...

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Are public employers in Minnesota complying with the Janus ruling? Employers should immediately stop deducting “fair share” fees.

The High Court said that employees who declined to join the union, but who were forced to pay “fair share” fees, no longer should be charged those fees. Their employer should immediately cease to deduct any fee to a workplace union. Employees who are members of the union now have the option to become nonmembers, and thus stop paying dues to the union. (More on that later; for now, look at your union card for the terms. If you do not have it, get a copy.)...

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Overturning ‘fair share’ union fees would restore balance

Many public employees object to union policies. The Supreme Court is in a position to overturn a requirement of "fair share" fees.  This op-ed originally appeared in the Star Tribune on June 21, 2018. Minnesota law requires public employees to fund unions even when they are not a member and they object to union policies. Once certified, unions get the revenue just for showing up; the state even collects the dues, at no charge. What would happen if public-sector unions like Education Minnesota had to earn revenue from teachers and other public employees? We may soon find out. The U.S. Supreme Court is...

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Let’s Talk Janus on MPR Tuesday with Kerri Miller: Public Employee Union Case

Kim Crockett will join Kerri Miller on MPR tomorrow, Tuesday June 19th for an hour at 9:00 AM (91.1 FM) to discuss the public employee union fee case, Janus v Afscme. They will be joined by Jon Shelton, who studies the history of unions at UW-Green Bay. The High Court will rule by the end of June. Please join the conversation by calling 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828....

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Union Dues Used to Finance Political Advocacy Without Permission

It is no secret that public sector unions almost exclusively support one political party and its affiliates. The Center for Union Facts conducted new research that found from 2010 to 2017, more than $1.3 billion in member dues went to hundreds of liberal advocacy groups aligned with the Democratic Party, without prior member approval....

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