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NEA’s Membership Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Mar• 16•10

The National Education Association posted its membership numbers as of December 31, 2009, and something’s hinky somewhere.

You may recall EIA reported that NEA experienced membership losses in 2009 – its first losses in 27 years. That report was based on a presentation made by NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle to the union’s board of directors the weekend of December 12. That report was quadruple-sourced, so I have no doubt as to its accuracy.

The board was briefed that active membership (those working in K-12 and higher ed) was down by almost 17,000 while total membership (including retirees, students and others) was down by almost 37,000. One source gave me NEA total membership at 3,198,513.

In less than three weeks, however, the numbers turned around. They now show active membership up by 14,785 and total membership at 3,269,523 – an increase of 15,640 from 2008. So unless NEA picked up 71,000 members over the Christmas holidays, these numbers are at odds with the numbers presented to the board. They also fly in the face of all the reported teacher layoffs in 2009, with 30 NEA state affiliates reporting an increase in membership – some of them huge.

Working K-12 education employees, both teachers and support workers, are NEA’s core constituency. For comparison purposes, here are the state-by-state active K-12 numbers as of December 31, 2009, with the change in membership, and percentage change, since December 31, 2008:

National – 2,753,129 (up 8,235, +0.3%)

Alabama – 72,145 (down 188, -0.3%)

Alaska – 11,140 (up 298, +2.7%)

Arizona – 31,074 (down 454, -1.4%)

Arkansas – 13,416 (down 48, -0.4%)

California – 301,237 (down 5,463, -1.8%)

Colorado – 35,585 (up 122, +0.3%)

Connecticut – 37,427 (up 277, +0.7%)

Delaware – 10,941 (up 213, +2.0%)

Florida – 125,033 (down 4,479, -3.5%)

Georgia – 33,654 (up 849, +2.6%)

Hawaii – 12,503 (down 297, -2.3%)

Idaho – 11,637 (up 75, +0.6%)

Illinois – 125,386 (up 2,868, +2.3%)

Indiana – 47,499 (up 193, +0.4%)

Iowa – 35,232 (down 268, -0.8%)

Kansas – 25,510 (down 31, -0.1%)

Kentucky – 32,182 (down 70, -0.2%)

Louisiana – 14,331 (up 179, +1.3%)

Maine – 18,444 (down 46, -0.2%)

Maryland – 66,515 (up 386, +0.6%)

Massachusetts – 84,994 (up 1,120, +1.3%)

Michigan – 118,339 (up 2,551, +2.2%)

Minnesota – 70,493 (down 513, -0.7%)

Mississippi – 5,411 (down 39, -0.7%)

Missouri – 29,400 (up 662, +2.3%)

Montana – 12,922 (up 57, +0.4%)

Nebraska – 21,114 (up 101, +0.5%)

Nevada – 26,970 (up 1,978, +7.9%)

New Hampshire – 15,404 (up 197, +1.3%)

New Jersey – 175,414 (up 1,547, +0.9%)

New Mexico – 8,127 (up 309, +4.0%)

New York – 347,229 (up 3,382, +1.0%)

North Carolina – 47,917 (down 418, -0.9%)

North Dakota – 7,076 (up 64, +0.9%)

Ohio – 117,594 (up 1,459, +1.3%)

Oklahoma – 23,451 (down 987, -4.0%)

Oregon – 40,103 (up 277, +0.7%)

Pennsylvania – 154,198 (up 2,287, +1.5%)

Rhode Island – 7,108 (down 197, -2.7%)

South Carolina – 7,793 (down 1,081, -12.2%)

South Dakota – 5,650 (up 33, +0.6%)

Tennessee – 47,129 (up 405, +0.9%)

Texas – 42,969 (up 817, +1.9%)

Utah – 23,989 (down 21, -0.1%)

Vermont – 10,790 (up 166, +1.6%)

Virginia – 56,262 (down 471, -0.8%)

Washington – 77,542 (up 468, +0.6%)

West Virginia – 11,372 (down 442, -3.7%)

Wisconsin – 84,023 (up 548, +0.7%)

Wyoming – 5,568 (down 24, -0.4%)

Others – 5,887 (down 120, -2.0%)

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3 Comments

  1. Jim Stegall says:

    I’m a bit confused–the state-by-state numbers above, are they a breakdown of the original, December 12th total, or a breakdown of the “revised” December 31st total?

  2. Mike Antonucci says:

    C’mon Jim! It says they are the December 31 numbers!

  3. Jim Stegall says:

    Oh crap. I totally whiffed on that last paragraph. It was that kind of day.