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The NEA’S 5 Financially Shakiest States

February 23, 2017 The NEA’S 5 Financially Shakiest States. The National Education Association and its state affiliates earn revenues of about $1.6 billion annually, almost all of which comes out of the paychecks of public school teachers and school support workers. That’s a lot of money, but just four offices — NEA national headquarters and affiliates […]

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Was Hillary’s Union Support Limited to the Public Sector?

February 15, 2017 Was Hillary’s Union Support Limited to the Public Sector? Exit polls from the 2016 presidential election indicate that Hillary Clinton won the union household vote by only nine points, a much smaller margin than is traditional for Democratic candidates and a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s win, particularly in the battleground states of […]

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The One Senator Teacher Unions Might Have Swayed on DeVos Is the One Who Couldn’t Vote ‘No’

February 8, 2017 The One Senator Teachers Unions Might Have Swayed on DeVos Is the One Who Couldn’t Vote ‘No.’ The last few days leading up to Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as secretary of education, the outcome was entirely dependent on whether her opponents, led primarily by the two national teacher unions, were able to persuade one […]

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Facing Threats, Can Public Sector Unions Learn from the Demise of Industrial Workers?

February 1, 2017 Facing Threats, Can Public Sector Unions Learn from the Demise of Industrial Workers? The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership and once again the news was dismal for the labor movement. The percentage of American workers who belonged to a union in 2016 dropped to 10.7 percent, down […]

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The Strange Disappearance of 69,000 AFT Members

January 25, 2017 The Strange Disappearance of 69,000 AFT Members. Teacher union membership numbers should not be a matter of interpretation. Employees or retirees sign a membership form and pay dues to the union or they do not. Adding them up and reporting the figures should be simple arithmetic. It is not. Each year I post […]

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How Representative Are NEA’s Representatives?

January 19, 2017 How Representative Are NEA’s Representatives? The National Education Association is highly committed to ensuring the presence of members of racial and ethnic minorities on all of its representative bodies. Guarantees at all levels — national, state, and local — are written into the union’s founding documents. These guarantees are so important to NEA […]

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The U.S. Department of Education — Born in the NEA

January 12, 2017 The U.S. Department of Education — Born in the NEA. “Betsy DeVos is not qualified, and even more than unqualified, Betsy DeVos is an actual danger to students — especially our most vulnerable students,” said National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. secretary of education. […]

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