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April 21, 2009

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 readers.

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).

* The Illinois Education Association budget for 2009-10 (195 pages).

* The 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).

* The California Teachers Association's Contract Reference Manual for 2000. Old, but not out of date. Sample contract language for every imaginable provision (381 pages).

* The 2005 Ohio Education Association report on charter schools. It emphasizes their effect on membership levels (16 pages).

* The 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 documents.

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. EIA's blog, 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 Association.

* Much Ado About Juan Williams. Left the reservation long ago.

* Millions in Bonuses for Billions in Losses. Ohio prooves Wall Street is not alone…

* California Bonuses Even Higher. …but California tops them all.

4) 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 Portsmouth Herald)


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