Educators weighing their options regarding union membership are often presented with misinformation on what happens outside of belonging to a union.
“The union is the only way you will be legally protected!”
“Only the union protects you from a principal who doesn’t like you!”
“Only the union provides in-person support!”…
While teachers have had a newly restored freedom of choice when it comes to union membership for over a year now, there is still an information gap regarding this choice and what it means for teachers.
According to a recent Teacher Freedom Project poll conducted by…
Minnesota educators looking for a non-partisan, non-union option to provide them with liability insurance, job protection coverage, and professional development have excellent options to choose from. The Association of American Educators (AAE)—the largest national, non-union, professional educator organization—has become a premier option for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, education support staff, and college professors interested in belonging to an association that empowers educators to advocate for themselves and their students.
Minnesota teachers want protection against allegations that could threaten their career. And in the wake of the Janus decision, teacher associations want educators to know they have options for excellent liability insurance.
Minnesota teachers who are choosing to exercise their First Amendment rights and resign from union membership are being told they need to meet with their local union official before they can opt-out. This meeting is not required under the law, teacher contract, or under the union membership card.
Minnesota teachers who do not belong to the union can get affordable liability coverage and support their local union. Here is how.
Educators in the classroom today have tremendous responsibility, and due to the unpredictability of the school environment, it is important they are protected. It is also important teachers know they have options for this coverage; it is not something only provided through union membership.