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No Silver Linings

January 26, 2015 No Silver Linings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership and the AFL-CIO had to dig very deep to find something to be cheerful about. The overall union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent. I’ll wait for the boys at unionstats.com to disaggregate the raw data so […]

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Free Lunch, Free Margaritas and Free Rein

January 20, 2015 Free Lunch, Free Margaritas and Free Rein. The blog will remain devoted to NEA state affiliate finances for the next few weeks, so here’s what has been going on otherwise: * The Washington Post reported that a “Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty,” calling it “a statistic that has […]

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There’s Nothing More Permanent Than a Temporary Increase

January 12, 2015 There’s Nothing More Permanent Than a Temporary Increase. The National Education Association has a lot of weapons in its political arsenal, but perhaps the biggest is the Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises Fund. The union collects a special assessment of $20 per member, of which $12 goes into this pot. Its purpose is to […]

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The 2014 EIA Public Education Quotes of the Year

January 5, 2015 The 2014 EIA Public Education Quotes of the Year EIA is proud to present the 2014 Public Education Quotes of the Year, in countdown order. Enjoy! 10) “Her battles with the former teachers’ union president, Randi Weingarten, called to mind Mothra and Godzilla.” – Michael Powell, columnist for the New York Times, […]

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Ohio Education Association President Delivers “The Brutal Truth”

December 29, 2014 Ohio Education Association President Delivers “The Brutal Truth.” Last week I shared some of the remarks NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia made to the Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly earlier this month. OEA president Becky Higgins also addressed the assembly, and her comments were worthy of our attention as well. Higgins spoke […]

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NEA President Tries to Sweet Talk “Cloven-Hoofed Minions”

December 22, 2014 NEA President Tries to Sweet Talk “Cloven-Hoofed Minions.” Education Next just published a lengthy article of mine, which was largely about how the teachers’ unions tailor their message to the audience they are addressing. I did not expect to see such a fine illustration surface so quickly. On December 16 National Education […]

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Greenhouse, Green Mountains, and Greenmail

December 15, 2014 Greenhouse, Green Mountains, and Greenmail. With the blog turned over to NEA affiliate finances for the time being, here are the union-related stories from the past week. * It is being treated as the official end of an era. Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times accepted a contract buyout, leaving Melanie […]

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