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October 17, 2011

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 level. 

2) Last Week's Intercepts. EIA's blog, 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 isn't. 

3) 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)


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