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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has recently started bracing itself for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The decision could potentially end the practice of forced unionism from coast to coast allowing educators ultimate control over their paychecks.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it will take up the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. This landmark case challenges the ability of unions to collect dues from employees who may not wish to be a part of the union or object to the use of their dues on issues which they fundamentally disagree with. This case lays out a First Amendment freedom of speech challenge to the long standing forced unionism policy.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The Collier County Educator’s Association in Florida has threatened to take legal action against School Board Member Kelly Lichter as an attempt to silence her efforts to make local educators aware of their professional options for association membership.

 

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Just this month, Minnesota Teacher of the Year Tom Rademacher wrote a narrative in the Education Post about his experience with the teachers union that bestowed him such a title. And to put it bluntly, despite his support of the union model, his union expose describes a less than enthusiastic account of his involvement.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order yesterday designed to prevent government employees (including teachers) from being forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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Out with the Old, in with the New!
posted by: Alana | December 15, 2014, 07:35 PM
Mike Antonucci from the Education Intelligence Agency couldn’t have put it better when he said that for unions to really make great strides on behalf of Millenials in the teaching profession it “would require sacrificing the interests of those in the room for those still outside of the building.”   Continue Reading...
Judge Rules August Opt-Out Illegal in Michigan
posted by: Alana | September 05, 2014, 10:22 AM
Yesterday, Michigan Administrative Law Judge Julia C. Stern found the union guilty of unfair labor practices and mandated that public employees be allowed to resign from membership at any time. Here’s what you people are asking…   Continue Reading...

AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner's op-ed in the Providence Journal:

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In honor of our second annual National Employee Freedom Week - a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership - we are sharing stories of how worker freedom impacts American teachers.   Continue Reading...
In honor of our second annual National Employee Freedom Week - a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership - we are sharing stories of teachers who have exercised their rights and have chosen the organization that best meets their needs.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: June 25, 2014
posted by: Alix | June 26, 2014, 12:00 AM
Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online publication, Reform Matters! This education reform-focused publication features both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.   Continue Reading...

Despite the advent of right-to-work laws in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) recently sent bill collectors after a kindergarten teacher and AAE member for her “unpaid union dues.”

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As many teachers know, right-to-work laws are drastically changing the climate for educators in the state of Michigan. No longer required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, teachers across the state are exercising their rights and leaving the MEA in record numbers.

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Two AAE member educators, Regional Membership Director Kristi Lacroix, and coalition of other local stakeholders testified Thursday before a Pennsylvania House committee in support of a new paycheck protection bill designed to promote teacher freedom of choice and union accountability.   Continue Reading...

Teacher Appreciation Week is a great time to reflect on the profession and the daily struggles teachers face.

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Recently, while reviewing teachers union contracts in Michigan’s 200 biggest public school districts, the Mackinac Center For Public Policy found a clause giving “special consideration” to applicants that are of the non-Christian faith.

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Teachers Rejects State & National Unions in Kansas
posted by: Ruthie | January 23, 2014, 02:52 PM

For the seventh time since 2009, a Kansas school district has voted to decertify their local teachers association from the KNEA and National Education Association (NEA). Spearville, the latest district to vote on such a measure, recently sought the assistance of the Kansas Association of American Educators, an AAE state chapter in order to gain their independence to form a local bargaining unit.

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Wisconsin Certification Elections and AAE
posted by: Ruthie | December 23, 2013, 02:38 PM

Last week, voters in 408 Wisconsin districts participated in union certification elections to determine their future representation. According to the results, 19 teachers unions decertified. All told, workers rejected over 70 of 408 school district unions during annual recertification elections.

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Earlier this week, Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas held the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in contempt for enforcing Act 10 by permitting recertification elections for teacher unions around the state. The decision could potentially affect thousands of educators who have already fled the union in favor of professional alternatives.

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Since the advent of teacher freedom of choice in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) has stopped at nothing to keep members in the fold. According to new reports by teachers and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, one local union is publishing the names of former members in their newsletters.   Continue Reading...
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