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Massachusetts Educators Petition Supreme Court to Review State Law Regarding Union Coercion

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On July 8, 2019, staff attorneys for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation submitted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Branch v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board.

This case involves four Massachusetts educators who are challenging the state’s monopoly bargaining law for its education system. The educators in question claim that the current state law is being exploited by union bosses to infringe on the First Amendment rights of teachers who are not members of a union. In the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation’s view, this move to keep non-unionized teachers from voting or expressing their opinions is a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.

The four plaintiffs are from the University of Massachusetts and the Hanover School Committee. They all refused to join the National Educators Association (NEA) and its local affiliates.

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Even though the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, which the Foundation won, guarantees that union dues and fees are voluntary for all government workers, the law at hand forces them to become union members in order to speak out about their work conditions. This goes in complete violation of constitutional principles.

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To even express their opinions about the work environment, nonmembers like the four plaintiffs would have to forfeit their First Amendment rights under Janus and join the union. In other words, they would have to fund union political causes.

The lead plaintiff is Dr. Ben Branch, who is a finance professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His colleague, Dr. Wm. Curtis Conner, also teaches chemistry there.

Another plaintiff, Dr. Andre Melcuk is Director of Departmental Information Technology at the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Melcuk’s birth in the Soviet Union has made him distrustful of collectivist organizations.

Last but certainly not least, plaintiff Deborah Curran is a long-time educator at the Hanover Public Schools system. The union officials who are supposed to “represent” her attempted to nix her promotion to a new mentorship position. These same officials pushed to have Curran investigated and suspended. She ended up spending $35,000 of her own money fighting off union officials to protect her line of employment.

The National Right to Work President Marx Mix commented on this situation:

The Massachusetts Supreme Court’s refusal to apply the Janus ruling has left these educators facing a legally untenable situation: either they can avoid associating with a union with which they disagree and lose their voices in the workplace, or they can waive their Janus rights and have their money used for ideological causes they oppose.

Mix continued:

The state of Massachusetts is forcing these educators to fund state legislators’ union political allies if they want even the most limited participation in the government-created bargaining process that controls their conditions of employment.

The Right to Work leader said, “Such schemes are effectively a modern version of Tammany Hall that should be a thing of the past, and it’s time for courts to acknowledge it.”

The National Right to Work committee has been at the forefront of ending the practice of forced unionization, which goes against the very principles of free association.

Their work is one of the strongest examples of right-wing success stories during the last few decades which has put the Left on notice in many states across the country.

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Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour

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UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.

ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:

“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”

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The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”

 

Masvidal, whose parents are Cuban and Peruvian, has been an outspoken Trump supporter.

Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.

Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.

The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.

Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.

Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.

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