1) NEA Down 100,000 Active Members
Since 2009-10. If the strength of the National
Education Association is in its members, then the nation's largest labor
union is clearly not as strong as it once was.
According to its latest figures, NEA has
lost 100,000 active members since the 2009-10 school year. Active members
are working teachers, certified staff and education support employees - not
students or retirees.
Officially released numbers from 2009-10
showed total active membership at more than 2,866,000. The union's active
membership at the start of the 2011-12 school year stands at just over
2,766,000 - a decrease of about 3.5 percent.
The reductions will require some interim
cost-cutting measures at NEA headquarters until permanent budget adjustments
can be implemented next month. It bears noting, however, that these measures
have no effect on the national union's Ballot Measures/Legislative Crises
Fund, which is a segregated account for political action at the state
2) Last Week's Intercepts.
Intercepts, covered these topics from October 11-17:
$20,000 Per Month. Guess who's collecting the second-highest public
employee pension in Illinois?
Labor Costs. The price of rallying.
What Happens in Chinatown, Stays in Vegas. An irresistible résumé.
The Bargaining Status of WEAC’s Affiliates. Who's recertifying, and who
Quote of the Week.
"The survival of California's public schools and essential public services
depends on stable tax revenues. And a stable tax structure begins with
everyone paying their fair share... It's time to put Main Street before Wall
Street, and for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes."
- Dean E. Vogel,
president of the California Teachers Association, a $187 million tax-exempt
organization. (October 13
CTA press release)