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Teachers Take Back to School Shopping Into Their Own Hands

If you're looking for backpacks, notebooks, pens, and folders, you better check in with your local teachers union, as they are now the self-proclaimed authority on where you should buy your school supplies.

As if indoctrination in the classroom wasn't enough, the unions are now out to discourage people from buying their back to school supplies at Wal-Mart.

Two of the state's largest teachers unions are urging their members not to buy back-to-school supplies at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., accusing the nation's largest retailer of unfair labor practices.

Both the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, which together represent about 9,500 teachers and other school employees in the Twin Cities, say the retailer pays substandard wages and has a high percentage of workers without health care insurance.

The local unions are following the lead of the 2.7 million-member National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, and the 1.3 million-member American Federation of Teachers, which last week held rallies in 30 cities demanding that Wal-Mart boost its wages and expand health benefits.

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers may go a step further. The 5,000-member group is considering a resolution not to reimburse its members for any school supplies bought at Wal-Mart.

Read it all in yesterday's Star Tribune.

Of course the interesting thing is Target is just as bad as Wal-Mart according to some reports.

As the two articles referenced above illustrate, at the end of the day this is just another union attempt to force unionization on retailers whose employees continue to reject it.

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