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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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Sweeping lawsuit would create a general mess

An activist court ruling. Metrowide racial balancing of schools. An end to local control. Sum total? 

This Sunday Cover Op-ed appeared in the Star Tribune on October 7, 2018.

On July 25, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling with far-reaching and troubling consequences for K-12…

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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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It’s Day 5: What we are hearing from teachers during the 7-day opt-out week

Remember as the 7-day window comes to a close this weekend: the U.S. Supreme Court said in Janus that this is your choice. If you resign, you do not have to fund the union with fair-share fees or any other fees. But, again, you can voluntarily support your local without becoming a member. It is up to the local whether to accept your gracious gesture. 

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It’s Day 4: There are liability coverage options outside of the union

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.

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