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One Member-One Vote or Creeping Merger?

March 2, 2015 One Member-One Vote or Creeping Merger? Each year at the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA), delegates have the opportunity to submit constitutional amendments for the following year’s delegates to debate and vote upon. This year two amendments have the potential of altering the operations of the union and awakening the dormant […]

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Will Teachers’ Unions Exit Stage Left?

February 17, 2015 Will Teachers’ Unions Exit Stage Left? We established last week that cognitive linguistic analysis would not be the salvation of teachers’ unions. Recent events dictate we revisit the possibility that teachers’ unions will revitalize themselves by moving to the left. Yes, yes, I know many of you think there cannot possibly be […]

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NEA’s Troubles Won’t Be Reversed by Cognitive Linguistic Analysis

February 9, 2015 NEA’s Troubles Won’t Be Reversed by Cognitive Linguistic Analysis. Over at The Daily Beast, Conor P. Williams declassified an internal document that NEA commissioned from pollster Celinda Lake detailing which words to avoid and which to embrace when talking about education reform. And the most important recommendation was to avoid talking about […]

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Shrinking Union Teachers, Annoying Orange and Dead Blogs

February 2, 2015 Shrinking Union Teachers, Annoying Orange and Dead Blogs. Thanks to the good folks at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and unionstats.com we can examine the union membership status of teachers from 1983 through 2014. The numbers do lump private school teachers and public school teachers together in one category, and they do […]

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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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