1) Exclusive: EIA
"Declassifies" NEA Source Material. Over the years
the Education Intelligence Agency has collected a good number of documents
related to the National Education Association and its affiliates that inform
my analysis, but don't always result in stories or news items that appear in
the EIA Communiqué or the blog. These documents are not meant to be
seen by the general public, and sometimes they are restricted to
high-ranking union officers and staff.
I am very protective of source material,
and even more protective of my sources. But it is clear to me that a good
portion of this stuff is not harmful, nor salacious, and that making it
available would be at least diverting, and at best very useful to my
So I have uploaded to my web site the
following documents as Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) files. Feel free to read,
download and forward the links to anyone you think might be interested. Some
are a few years old, but the material remains in force.
* The most recent version of the
California Teachers Association's Organizational Handbook. CTA policies
on every possible education and labor issue. Roughly equivalent to NEA
resolutions (148 pages).
* The April 2006 results of a
Feldman Group survey of NEA's education support members (ESPs).
Illustrates some of the ideological diversity within the union (36 pages).
Illinois Education Association budget for 2009-10 (195 pages).
Ohio Education Association's Bargainers Handbook for 2005. The basics of
collective bargaining in Ohio and explanation of "rope-a-dope" strategy in
tough times (85 pages).
California Teachers Association's Contract Reference Manual for 2000.
Old, but not out of date. Sample contract language for every imaginable
provision (381 pages).
2005 Ohio Education Association report on charter schools. It emphasizes
their effect on membership levels (16 pages).
2006 Pennsylvania State Education Association's resource manual for local
presidents. This 616-page monstrosity covers more things than a local
union president will ever have to deal with.
* Just for fun, a
February 2004 memo from then-NEA President Reg Weaver and NEA Executive
Director John Wilson detailing the events of the union's Quality
Association Initiative Symposium.
NEA insider Hans Moleman discussed how these things go last February,
but you'll want to drink in the entire 18-page description of doom loops,
hedgehogs, fishbowls and BHAGs.
That should do for now. I hope that when
time and circumstances permit, I can regularly "declassify" additional
2) Contract Hits.
Wherein we highlight a contract provision from the current agreement between
the National Education Association and its largest staff union. This is from
Article 14, Part B, Section 2, subsection (a), paragraph (iii):
"Medical leave may be used for the
following purposes only… illness of or injury to a member of the employee's
immediate family, relative or close friend which requires the employee's
presence. An employee shall be entitled to use up to 20 days of medical
leave for this purpose in any one contract year."
3) Last Week's Intercepts.
Intercepts, covered these topics from April 13-21:
NEA Drops $1 Million in California; SEIU Counters with $500K. It's on.
California Unions Line Up on Opposite Sides. Crossing party lines.
Union Trickle vs. CTA Flood. No one can outspend the California Teachers
Much Ado About Juan Williams. Left the reservation long ago.
Millions in Bonuses for Billions in Losses. Ohio prooves Wall Street is
California Bonuses Even Higher. …but California tops them all.
Quote of the Week.
"Even though she is recognized as a candidate for Teacher of the Year, they
have to go on seniority." – Kevin Fleming, grievance chairman of the
Seacoast Education Association in New Hampshire. Seven teachers at the
Hampton Academy were laid off, but one was rehired when it was discovered
she had more seniority than New Hampshire Teacher of the Year candidate
Christina Hamilton. Hamilton was laid off instead. (April 17