August 3, 2015
22 NEA State Affiliates Have Fewer Members Than in 1994. Last April I did a little historical research and discovered that 20 NEA state affiliates actually lost members from 1994 to 2013. Now that I have the union’s 2013-14 membership numbers available, I am updating that figure to 22.
Recent membership losses in the Georgia Association of Educators and the Tennessee Education Association bring them to levels below where they stood in 1994. Here is the complete list:
Arizona Education Association
Arkansas Education Association
Georgia Association of Educators
Idaho Education Association
Indiana State Teachers Association
Iowa State Education Association
Louisiana Association of Educators
Maine Education Association
Mississippi Association of Educators
North Carolina Association of Educators
Oklahoma Education Association
South Carolina Education Association
South Dakota Education Association
Tennessee Education Association
Texas State Teachers Association
Utah Education Association
Virginia Education Association
West Virginia Education Association
Wisconsin Education Association Council
Wyoming Education Association
Federal Education Association
As this list grows, the list of historically healthy state affiliates will shrink by one. The Alabama Education Association was NEA’s sole success story in the South over the last 20 years, but recent events will soon have the organization joining its brethren on life support.
Merger double-counting aside, the number of reliably strong NEA affiliates is whittled down to seven – California, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington. Absent a remarkable change in fortunes, NEA will start to resemble AFT in that it will have well-defined strongholds (as AFT has in major city school systems) and be virtually invisible elsewhere.
Recent Intercepts. EIA’s daily blog, Intercepts, covered these topics July 28-August 3:
* Former Union Officers Revolt Against NEA Trusteeship in Alabama. State media notice uprising against something they didn’t know existed.
* AFT Deposes Florida Local President & Board. Regime change.
* AFT’s Florida Follies. Sun-baked.
* Conn-dign. Comedy’s final act?
Quote of the Week. “Comparing strength to ‘right to work’ status shows that union strength is clearly correlated with whether unions can collect agency fees. (All data are as of 2012.) Eighteen of the twenty strongest-union states allow the collection of agency fees; most of the twenty states where unions are weakest prohibit the practice, though there are a handful of exceptions (Washington, D.C., New Mexico, and Missouri, for example).” – Michael J. Petrilli and Dara Zeehandelaar. (August 3 Education Next)