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Met Council has a new director of equal opportunity but not enough bus drivers. Some Routes Suspended.

One of the Met Council’s core functions is transit. I could not help wondering if the Council focused more on delivering good transit, rather than trying to re-arrange the metro area according to its own “progressive” political and social agenda maybe it would not find itself without enough drivers. ...

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Firing-up Liberty Genes

I was an external candidate when I was hired as an editorial writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the summer of 1983.  This was very good news for me, but it was bad news for two insiders at the paper, both reporters, who had wanted the job but didn’t get it. As to be expected, the union, called the Newspaper Guild, also grieved my appointment.  In practical terms, this meant they wanted me un-hired.  Problem was, I was now a member of that very same union.  And not only was I a member, but I was dues-paying one. So,...

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Mrs. Greene Goes to Washington: Trump Administration to Roll Back the Dayton-Smith-DFL Union Dues Skimming Scheme

To be clear, if the Obama rule is fixed, the unions that have been certified would unfortunately continue until they are decertified—that is why MNPCA is not giving up in Minnesota. Decertification is the only way to get rid of these predatory unions; that and a declaration from Congress that they are illegal. But the state of Minnesota could no longer deduct union dues for the SEIU and deposit it in their coffers. ...

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Teachers want unions to focus more on professional needs, but are they listening?

Thanks to Janus, government unions have an opportunity to reboot for the better, but they are faced with a choice: Will they continue prioritizing political objectives unrelated to meeting the needs of their members? Or will they be more attentive and responsive to professional interests?...

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Billboards Work!

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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