Education Minnesota

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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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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Don’t let the union pick your politics: Request your PAC refund today

Education Minnesota charges member teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) $25 to support its political action committee (PAC). The PAC deduction is treated as part of union dues, so teachers cannot choose to opt-out of the deduction once and for all.

If Minnesota’s educators want to protect their right to…

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MN Educators: Make your choice about union membership today

Today is the last day for Minnesota educators to exercise their right regarding union membership. Education Minnesota—the state’s teachers’ union—limits when teachers can resign from membership to 30 days in September. EducatedTeachersMN believes this opt-out window is unconstitutional, but until that gets sorted out in the courts, the most…

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Teacher Opt-Out Window Ends Monday, Know Where the Dues Go

Minnesota educators, don’t miss your once-a-year-only opportunity to resign from union membership. If you have decided that union membership is not the best choice for you, go here to get started. Education Minnesota—the state’s teachers’ union—will honor your opt-out letter if it is postmarked by September…

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“Am I a bad colleague if I leave my teachers’ union?”

Many teachers are concerned about how their co-workers will react if they decide that union membership is not the best option for them and their families. But union membership is a personal decision. And teachers are deciding to resign from the union for a variety of reasons. Having choices empowers…

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National Teachers’ Union Fears Competition, Locks Down Local Unions Looking for an Exit

The recent trend of local unions cutting ties with their national affiliate (the National Education Association) has prompted the NEA to lock local unions in with new rules, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial by Americans for Fair Treatment Director Keith Williams.

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Teachers, you made it to summer break! Now it’s time to consider your options on union membership.

Teachers, we hope you are having a great summer! If you are currently a dues-paying member of Education Minnesota, you are limited by the union to opting out during a 30-day “September Window” that starts September 1 and ends September 30. The good news is the window was extended. The…

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The Janus Effect: Teachers’ union opens resignation window to 30 days

With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Janus v. AFSCME upon us (June 27), the Janus effect on union membership is being weighed. In states that passed right-to-work laws prior to Janus, it took several years for public employees like teachers to realize they could resign, and…

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