Updates

Teacher opt-out window closes tomorrow (Sept. 30)

Minnesota educators, your once-a-year-only opportunity to resign from union membership will end tomorrow, September 30. If you have decided that union membership is no longer the best choice for you, go here to get started. Make sure your opt-out letter is postmarked by September 30, and…

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It’s Day 1: Teacher resignation window has opened

As you busily prepare your classrooms for a new school year — or have already welcomed students back! — we want to remind Minnesota educators that the month of September is also your annual opportunity to exercise your rights regarding union membership. Union membership is a personal decision, and educators…

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New Minneapolis teachers’ union contract will lay off white teachers first

The negotiated contract between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Minneapolis Public Schools district includes a clause that white teachers will be laid off before teachers of color, regardless of teacher effectiveness.

The Upper Midwest Law Center — a Minnesota public interest law firm — is prepared to represent…

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Educators continue to leave the teachers’ union

Thousands of Minnesota educators have let Education Minnesota know it doesn’t represent their values by opting out of union membership.

Until 2018, financially supporting the state teachers’ union and its local and national affiliates was required in order for educators to keep their job. Given that is no longer the…

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A teacher speaks out: Union meeting prioritizes political activism

The National Education Association (NEA) held its annual meeting and representative assembly over the Fourth of July holiday, as it does every year. But unlike years past, the union’s business agenda was not publicly available on its meeting website. Could this be because coverage of the…
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Hundreds of MN teachers have left the union

Since being given a choice by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Janus decision, over 7,200 teachers, aspiring educators, and other public education workers across Minnesota have exercised their right not to join or pay a union.

“I was a union exec board member. They only represent very liberal agendas and lack…

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Yes, teacher union dues fund politics

Minnesota educators who are members of Education Minnesota pay hundreds of dollars every year in dues to the state teachers’ union and its national affiliates.

Very little of those dues remain with the local union — where the collective bargaining is handled. Most of the dollars get sent up the…

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National teachers’ union 2018 guidebook embraces CRT

An 80-page “racial justice” resource guide prepared by the National Education Association and recently discovered by the Freedom Foundation describes in great detail the teachers’ union’s support of the tenets of Critical Race Theory and other controversial policies including banning voter ID…

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Double standard? Teachers’ union funded on the backs of new, underpaid teachers

Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers’ union, is a huge advocate of “making the wealthiest Minnesotans pay their fair share,” and yet charges new, underpaid teachers the same dues dollar amount as their higher paid, tenured colleagues.

In Minnesota, the average entry-level teacher salary is $40,310 a year,

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