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20 NEA State Affiliates Have Fewer Members Than in 1994

April 20, 2015 20 NEA State Affiliates Have Fewer Members Than in 1994. In 1994 the National Education Association had 2.2 million members. In the years since, the union has increased its numbers by 800,000. During a period of time when the number of full-time equivalent classroom teachers grew by 553,000 it appears to be […]

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Are Union Elections Getting More Competitive?

April 13, 2015 Are Union Elections Getting More Competitive? Union officer elections traditionally have about as much drama and suspense as succession to the British throne. There have been exceptions, of course. Karen Lewis is only the latest in a series of power shifts in the Chicago Teachers Union, the last election of the New […]

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Turning the Tables

April 6, 2015 Turning the Tables. The National Education Association wants you to know what a horrible job we are doing matching education employee hiring with student enrollment. The union illustrates with this: I could spend a lot of time with these numbers, but I was interested to know why NEA used Projections of Education […]

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“We know we could experience an immediate, short-term loss of membership.”

March 30, 2015 “We know we could experience an immediate, short-term loss of membership.” Last year I posted a PowerPoint presentation from the California Teachers Association titled “Not if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share.” It illustrated CTA’s own belief that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to overturn agency fee laws […]

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Rock the Union

March 23, 2015 Rock the Union. Younger teachers are less connected to their unions than their older colleagues are. The unions are very aware of this, and the National Education Association in particular is making outreach to its newest members a high priority. Whether this can be done without sacrificing the support of veteran members […]

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“Our membership numbers are for internal use only.”

March 16, 2015 “Our membership numbers are for internal use only.” The South Bend Tribune published a piece yesterday with the headline “Teacher unions in decline.” It aimed to show, through national membership numbers and those of local affiliates of the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), that teachers were less likely to join the union […]

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NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Could Become Another Political War Chest

March 9, 2015 NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Could Become Another Political War Chest. In 2013, delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) approved a $3 dues increase to subsidize the national union’s Great Public Schools Fund. The idea was to create and encourage union-led education reform initiatives that would “support and ensure […]

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