CO: TIME RUNNING OUT FOR TEACHERS TO ASK MONEY BACK FROM UNION

By Ben DeGrow, Watchdogwire.com

A national commemoration includes a special roadside message for Pueblo educators who carry an extra burden as part of their job. The reminder to many teachers that they have to ask every year to get hundreds of dollars of their own money back also makes the case that union leaders simply should ask first.

Conservatives want Michigan teachers to know they can dump their union in August

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

Despite the fact that Michigan has adopted a right-to-work law that bars forced unionism, most teachers’ union members cannot invoke the law for 11 months out of the year. That’s because the Michigan Education Association has decided that it will only accept opt-out requests during August. The union doesn’t put much effort behind alerting teachers to this, either.

Eight Out of Ten Oregonians Agree: Let employees choose whether or not to join a union or pay union dues

By Steve Buckstein, Oregon Catalyst

Because of a deal struck by Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public Employee Choice Act had been on this November’s ballot, most voters likely would have supported it.

national employee freedom week

Celebrate National Employee Freedom Week

National Employee Freedom Week, which started August 10 and runs until August 16, is a countrywide effort by 70 groups in 41 states that’s goal is to educate workers of their rights they have to opt out of union membership. This worker education is necessary because many workers are unaware of this freedom and unions do as little as possible to inform workers of their right to end their union membership.

Oregonians support choice on forced union dues

By Steve Buckstein, The Oregonian

Because of a deal struck by Gov. John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public Employee Choice Act had been on this November’s ballot most voters would have likely supported it.