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Teacher Shuns Union After Attending Leadership Course
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 09, 2017, 05:40 PM

Mr. Hank Norquist, NWPE member and middle school science teacher from Chehalis, WA, shares the following experience with his teacher union involvement:

During the summer of 2003, while I was an active, dues paying member of the Chehalis Education Association (CEA) and WEA, I expressed a desire to run for the local vice president position. Several CEA officers suggested that I attend the WEA-sponsored “How to be an Effective President” course.& I agreed and attended a week long course that included grievance representation. The presenter was a lawyer from a bank of about a dozen WEA attorneys.

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Analysis: When Unions Don’t Protect Teachers’ Jobs
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 08, 2017, 11:20 PM

Mike Antonucci writes in the Education Intelligence Agency blog post, Analysis: When Unions Don't Protect Teachers' Jobs:

What isn’t commonly understood by the public, or even by teachers, is that the union has wide discretion to pursue, or not pursue, the defense of its members. If the union and/or its attorney determines that they are unlikely to prevail, or the costs may be excessive, they may counsel the teacher to resign, transfer, or accept a lesser punishment.

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Lori Porter tired of paying to be bullied
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 24, 2016, 10:28 PM

So, what’s a teacher to do?

You love guiding, inspiring, teaching children.

You enjoy the ever-changing landscape each day brings.

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NWPE Supports Lawsuit Against Boise School District
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 15, 2015, 01:21 PM
Northwest Professional Educators issued a statement supporting the Idaho Freedom Foundation's action against the Boise Independent School District.  Our statement follows.   Continue Reading...

Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s premier non-union professional educators’ organization, fully supports Idaho Freedom Foundation’s (IFF) complaint over the Boise School District’s use of tax payer dollars and union dues.

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NWPE Celebrates National Employee Freedom Week 2015
posted by: Cindy Omlin | August 18, 2015, 04:23 PM

Today, Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) joins with 99 partner organizations to celebrate National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), a national campaign to promote employee rights of association and free speech.

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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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Forced Union Dues at Risk
posted by: Cindy Omlin | July 01, 2015, 08:07 PM

Thousands of Washington and Oregon educators who don’t want union representation and don’t want to pay union dues are forced to do so because of state laws made possible by the Supreme Court’s 1977 Abood decision. The Supreme Court signaled this week that it may be prepared to strike down this anti-teacher choice practice once and for all.

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Union Attacks School Board Member for Sharing AAE
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 16, 2015, 05:22 PM

The Collier County Educator’s Association  (CCEA) in Florida has threatened to take legal action against school board member Kelly Lichter in an attempt to silence her efforts to make local educators aware of their professional options for association membership.

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Earlier this month, AAE joined an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of the petition for certiorari in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association as part of a continuing effort to give individual teachers a professional voice outside the union.

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Teachers Labor for Choices Beyond the Union
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 23, 2015, 10:48 PM

NWPE Director Cindy Omlin pens the column "Teachers Labor for Choices Beyond the Union" published in Idaho Education News:  

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NWPE Executive Director Cindy Omlin was interviewed on Freedom Daily, a radio show hosted by Freedom Foundation, a public policy organization focused on limited, accountable government, about a bill in the Washington legislature that would allow educators to vote compulsory union dues out of their union negotiated contracts.

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The action of the teachers in Mansfield, WA, to establish a "local only" teacher association for bargaining has attracted the attention of public policy think tanks and the media.

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Out with the Old, in with the New!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 16, 2014, 06:46 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.”

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The certified teaching staff in Mansfield, WA, has taken the bold step to declare independence from the Washington Education Association (WEA) by replacing the Mansfield Teacher Association (MTA), a local affiliate of the WEA, with a new local teacher organization that has no ties to the WEA.

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Boise Voters, Teachers Deserve Better
posted by: Cindy Omlin | August 22, 2014, 07:56 PM

The Boise School District trustee candidates are rightfully outraged that the district gives flagrantly biased special treatment to the Boise Education Association (BEA) and its endorsed candidates. Playing favorites and barring a free exchange of information has been commonplace in the district for years.

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The teachers and students of the tiny farming community of Waterville, WA (its mascot, the Shocker, is a shock of wheat), are truly focused on educating the whole person—not just focusing on academics in order to raise test scores.  As a result, they could very well be raising scores higher than a pure academic focus alone could accomplish.

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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...
Michigan Post Right-to-Work
posted by: Ruthie | October 08, 2013, 06:19 PM
On March 28, 2013, Michigan's Right-to-Work law went into full effect, finally providing Michigan teachers and other workers the freedom to choose whether they want to be a member of a union. Since its inception, AAE has seen a large increase in Michigan teachers searching for professional benefits without the partisan politics of the Michigan Education Association (MEA). However, due to the mass exodus of members, Michigan union leaders are doing everything in their power to keep workers in the fold.   Continue Reading...
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