July 20, 2015
Official NEA State Affiliate Membership Numbers for 2014. The National Education Association lost an additional 42,000 active members last year, bringing the union’s total losses among working public school employees to more than 310,000 (10.7%) over the past five years.
I have compiled the numbers in a handy table, which provides both the total and active membership for each state affiliate. Active members are employed teachers, professionals and education support workers. Total membership includes retirees, students, substitutes and all others. Along with the numbers are the one-year and five-year changes in those figures.
For quick reference you can refer to this chart as I detail the exact numbers. (Click on chart for better viewing.)
The biggest losers over the five-year period were Arizona and Wisconsin (each with 53.1% active member loss), North Carolina (45.9% loss) and Louisiana (31.5% loss).
Other affiliates with losses of greater than 20% include Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and the Utah School Employees Association.
NEA lost 3,000 members from the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly when UHPA disaffiliated. The membership increase in North Dakota is almost entirely due to the merging of the NEA and AFT affiliates in the state. Both national unions count the same members from merged states in their totals.
I have unofficial numbers for 2015 as well. They show additional losses among the weakest affiliates, with the Alabama Education Association added to the list. AEA lost more than 19 percent of its active membership between 2009 and 2014, and appears to have lost another 5,000 members in 2015, bringing its active membership total to about 56,000. NEA established a trusteeship over AEA last May.
These figures also suggest what a post-Friedrichs world will look like. In 2014, NEA affiliates in agency fee states gained about 5,300 active members. In states without agency fees, NEA affiliates lost more than 47,000 active members.
With the exceptions of Illinois and Minnesota, it is difficult to find a healthy NEA state affiliate between New England and the Pacific coast.
In the coming weeks I will have additional figures and analysis on NEA’s membership situation, including a longer-term historical perspective.
Recent Intercepts. EIA’s daily blog, Intercepts, covered these topics July 9-20:
* Add Boston to the Union Militancy Movement. Will UCORE mean something?
* Endorsement Unites AFT Behind Hillary… If You Believe AFT. The natives are restless.
* Well, That Could Have Gone Better. How the rank-and-file reacted to the Hillary endorsement.
* 35-3. Representative?
* Esquith Tipster Mortified by Events. They can’t run a district, but they can run amok.
* WEAC Falls Below 40,000 Active Members. Act 10 was the final act.
Quote of the Week. “Clearly, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia wants to claim the mantle of civil rights and social justice — words that are sprinkled throughout her speeches — while simultaneously freeing her members of the responsibilities of improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children.” – Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust. (July 14)