September 23, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Minnesota Teachers: Last full week of opt-out window

Educators, we hope the new school year is going smoothly so far! Now that your classrooms are set up and lesson planning is underway, it’s time to think about your options regarding union membership.

If you already created your opt-out letter, you can submit it today (deadline: Sept. 30!). Please carefully follow the step-by-step submission guide that popped up after you created your letter to ensure the union honors your resignation. If you have any problems, please reach out to us.

What Educated Teachers MN is hearing from teachers:

“I decided to opt-out, and I stand by my choice. I have protection from a non-union education association that doesn’t get caught up in politics, and I am saving money that I can then invest into my classroom and students. If the union starts representing my needs, I can always rejoin.”

—Anne, 5th grade teacher

“I’m really happy with my decision to opt-out of the union. I have double the protection than I did with the union through a non-union teachers’ association that better represents my values. I didn’t lose any friends, and nothing has changed for me professionally.”

—Linda, high school science teacher

“I decided to opt out and I am so glad that I don’t have to pay in and support so many things unrelated to education. I have not had any repercussions due to my withdrawal from the union.”

—Mark, 6th grade teacher

 

You are not alone. Join our community of educators exercising their freedom of choice regarding union membership. Sign up for news alerts and updates below.

News & Legislative Updates

PAC refund request due Oct. 31

If teachers and other educators would like to protect their constitutional right to not fund the union’s PAC, the process to get the forced $25 contribution refunded is not easy.

Each year, Education Minnesota charges member teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) $25.00 for its political action committee or “PAC.”…

Keep Reading

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…

Keep Reading

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…

Keep Reading