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.

Forced Unionism Linked to Public-Payroll Bloat

National Right to Work Committee

It undoubtedly comes as no surprise to most regular readers of the National Right to Work Newsletter that state and local tax burdens are on average significantly more onerous in states where compulsory union dues are permitted than in states where they are prohibited.

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.

A Strange Antagonism: Right-To-Work Laws Versus Libertarian Theory

By George Leef, Forbes

Right-to-work laws (RTW) constantly take criticism from Big Labor and its anti-market allies. Those laws are said to undermine all-important worker solidarity by permitting some workers to become “free riders” by not paying dues. Unions despise dissenters and have a long, nasty history of “dealing” with workers who want nothing to do with them.