Second class citizens no more
Five years after a landmark SCOTUS decision, public employees continue exercising their restored freedom of association.
Please share with your favorite educator! The deadline for a PAC refund is October 31.
Each year, Education Minnesota charges member teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) $25.00 for its political action committee or PAC. PAC money is spent on political parties, candidates, and other political funds. According to the most recent filing with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Education Minnesota raised $2,274,419 in PAC money between January 1 and October 19, 2020. Virtually all the PAC funds are expended on one political party (Democrat).
If teachers or ESPs want to get a $25 refund to protect their constitutional right to not fund the union’s PAC, they must request the refund every single year. The Education Minnesota union card includes the PAC contribution as part of union dues and does not give educators the right to opt-out of the deductions once and for all. There are several steps involved, and not all educators will find it worthwhile to jump through the hoops required to get $25 back. It is not a lot of money, but it is a matter of principle, and it should be a choice instead of a forced contribution that has to be requested back.
Here’s a solution: The legislature should require the union to collect PAC money in a separate transaction from the union card each year. This respects and protects everyone’s rights and varying political ideologies. It would also help clear away the spider’s web of rules the union uses to make the refund process a burden on its members.
But until this burden is removed, carefully follow the steps below to meet the October 31 deadline for continuing members. For new members, the refund request form must be received by the union within 30 days of signing the membership application.
Let the union know its politics don’t speak for you; request your PAC refund today.
Questions about the refund request process? Email [email protected].
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