from the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, 27 Aug 19:
In 1959, Congress passed a law (the Landrum-Griffin Act) that requires that labor unions annually disclosure and itemize “virtually every transaction they make.” Public sector unions like Education Minnesota have escaped filing these important transparency reports by claiming that they are not an “intermediate body” of the national union (NEA) and thus not required to file the appropriate reports. This change would occur under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that states, “all NEA state affiliates would have to file a disclosure report” subject to the Landrum-Griffin Act.
A similar rule was proposed by President George W. Bush in 2003 but the National Education Association (NEA) tied it up in court until President Obama took office. His labor department rescinded the rule, ending the litigation and the move towards transparency.
For those of you keeping score, Education Minnesota, Minnesota’s teachers union, raised over $4.1 million for political purposes (and almost exclusively allocated for DFL candidates) prior to the 2018 election. They raised more campaign funds in 2018 by changing the amount their political action fund assesses each of their 90,000 members – from $15 to $25.