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Lawsuit alleges Anoka-Hennepin School District subsidizes union activities

They say taxpayer money is used for political work


November 6, 2020

Carlos Gonzalez – Star Tribune

A rally was held ahead of an Aug. 24 school board meeting at Sandburg Education Center in Anoka by members of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota.

Three Anoka County residents are suing the state's largest school district and its teachers union over what they allege are illegal public subsidies of union political activities.

The suit filed last week in Anoka County District Court is being led by veteran advocates of conservative causes and focuses on how teachers are paid while on leave helping to tend to union business.

Those activities include door-knocking and other political campaign efforts, according to the Upper Midwest Law Center, which sued on behalf of the three residents. The organization works to limit "public union overreach" and has been active in helping nonunion public-sector workers opt out of contributing to their unions.


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