Education Minnesota

NEA Convention by the Numbers from Mike Antonucci

Forward: Mike Antonucci is an amazing reporter in the teachers’ union space. We do not think anyone spends more time watching the union for teachers, and he always seems to get great “scoops.” If you want to keep an eye on the teachers’ unions here and around the country, he…

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If you want a PAC and Foundation Refund, Postmark Your Letter by Today!

Happy Halloween! Hope you are having fun with your students today. Today is the last day to get your forms in the mail.

The request forms are available only in the October issue of the Minnesota Educator (pages 13 and 8). 

If you are a “continuing member,” you must submit your…

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Teachers Union Details Political Strategy in Star Tribune, Raises Dues and PAC Contribution

Meanwhile, the union was anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling and subsequently, a possible drop in membership. To maintain its numbers, Education Minnesota would need to fortify its membership and bank accounts. Last year, the union increased the amount deducted from each member’s annual union dues for its political action committee from $15 to $25. (If members want to opt out of that donation, they have to jump through a few hoops: Fill out a form included in an issue of the union’s magazine — and not a photocopied version — and submit it by the end of October, or within 30 days of signing on as a union member.)

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Why are the PAC and Foundation Money Subject to a Refund? The First Amendment requires it

A union supporter, Amy, wrote in on Facebook to say she was proud to pay her union dues, including the $25 to the PAC and the $5 to the Educational Foundation.

Here is how Educated Teachers responded:

Amy, good for you but these are not “dues.” The $25 is PAC…

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How Education Minnesota Forces Members to Fund PAC, Makes it Hard to Get Refund

Education Minnesota Members, do you have your October issue of the Minnesota Educator?

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 a recent filing, Education Minnesota…

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Can I still resign from the Union?

Education Minnesota only allows teacher and ESP members to resign or "opt-out" of union membership and dues deductions during a narrow 7-day window that just closed Sunday night, September 30. What if you missed that window? Any public employee who wishes to resign from the union, and end the deduction of union fees, is free to use this website to generate a resignation letter. 

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It’s Day 7: Last day to opt-out of Education Minnesota under union terms

Today is the last day that teachers and ESPs in Minnesota can resign according to the terms of the union card. This is your choice. The Supreme Court said you have to give your affirmative consent. This means you can resign without paying any fees or losing your job, but for now you are limited to the 7-day window. There is still time to resign.

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It’s Day 6: Postmark your letter by today (Saturday)

Educated Teachers recommends that you send your resignation letter, opting-out of the union, via the U.S. mail to Education Minnesota, then follow up with an email. The instructions and help with the letter are here. And get it in the mail, ideally postmarked today.

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Education Minnesota Telling Teachers Who did not Sign Form They are Members

The union needs to have written proof of membership to be in compliance with the Janus decision. The union is telling teachers who have NOT signed the card that they are members in good standing. You do not need to sign to keep your job. If you have signed a card, you can still resign over the next few days.

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