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Federal appeals court sides with teachers union, says nonmembers aren't entitled to fee refunds


Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, hailed an appeals court's ruling this week as a win for organized labor.

Minnesota teachers aren't entitled to a refund of so-called "fair-share" fees they paid to unions in the years leading up to a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring those fees unconstitutional.

That was an appeals court's ruling this week in a federal lawsuit that is part of a broader national effort to force public-sector employee unions to retroactively refund millions to nonmembers. Minnesota unions had for decades collected those fees to pay for collective bargaining efforts.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Education Minnesota, the statewide teachers union, and a trio of public school districts in its ruling.


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