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September 24-30 is decision time for Minnesota Educators: Union Sets Narrow Exit Window Once a Year

EducatedTeachersMn.com is a website the Center created just for teachers and educational support professionals (ESPs) who belong to the teachers’ union, Education Minnesota. The project seeks to inform and empower teachers and ESPS by offering them practical advice and assistance on how to resign from the union. (You can generate a resignation letter starting next week.) It features educational material about the state and national teachers’ unions, how dues are being spent and alternatives to membership in the union. ...

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Education Minnesota president calls Center ‘clueless’ for blackboard billboards, NEA president uses similar blackboard theme

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht used her column in the union’s August 2018 Minnesota Educator edition to criticize electronic billboards the Center put up in celebration of employee freedom and the end of forced union fees. Specht took issue with the sign’s blackboard background because “schools haven’t used blackboards in 20 years." But pop on over to the website of Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the president of the National Education Association that Education Minnesota is affiliated with, and you will find a similar blackboard background....

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Celebrate Labor Day by Telling Your Friends About Employee Freedom Janus-Style. And Join Us on Constitution Day (Sept. 17)

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Labor Day this year than telling every public employee you know about the Janus case. The second best way to celebrate is to to register for the Center's celebration of the Janus victory with Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs, the brave public employees who demanded that the Supreme Court restore their full First Amendment rights. They will be here in person on Constitution Day (Monday, September 17) to tell us their story. ...

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Big news: New Mexico acts to protect first amendment rights of state employees following Janus

New Mexico has stopped deducting dues from union members in cases where the state is not sure if an employee has agreed to dues deduction. The state required new membership cards to continue the dues deduction. Why aren't Minnesota's public employers doing the same? ...

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Survey Says: Majority of Public Sector Union Members See Janus Ruling as ‘Positive’

It has been nearly two months to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to give all public employees a voice and choice when it comes to union membership. Prior to the ruling, awareness of the Janus v. AFSCME case was quite low. But a new survey of government union members shows post-Janus knowledge of the Supreme Court ruling is high, and many think the ruling is a positive development....

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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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