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Teachers, here are four misconceptions about your rights outside of union membership

Myth:

If a teacher chooses to opt-out of the teachers’ union, the terms of the negotiated agreement no longer apply to that teacher.

Fact:

Because the union fought for—and won—the right to exclusively represent both members and non-members, the union must represent all employees in good faith and all employees…

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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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Teachers unaware of union options

This op-ed first appeared in the July 26 print edition of the Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch. 

For over a year now, teachers have had the freedom to choose whether to financially support a government union. Their freedom to choose was reinforced on June 27, 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled…

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National Teachers’ Union Adopts New Social Agenda, Votes Down Proposal to Prioritize Student Learning

The national teachers’ union—the National Education Association—held its annual convention in Houston the beginning of July. Attended by thousands of delegates on behalf of teachers and educators across the country, the meeting includes a Representative Assembly where resolutions and new business items are proposed and voted on.

This year, 6,000…

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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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Teachers: Do you know your rights when it comes to union membership?

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…

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National Teachers’ Union Will Incorporate Concept of ‘White Fragility’ into Staff Trainings & Literature

UPDATE: On Independence Day, the National Education Association Representative Assembly met for its first day of business. We shared a recap of some interesting proposals to the union’s Constitution and Bylaws here, and they were approved.

Below are additional updates on new…

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National Teachers’ Union Representative Assembly Convenes

Happy Fourth of July! While the rest of America is celebrating Independence Day, the national teachers’ union (NEA) is conducting a day of business during its annual four-day Representative Assembly.

The National Education Association Representative Assembly is made up of around 8,000 delegates in charge of adopting a budget, passing…

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