In 2009 membership in the Wisconsin Education Association Council peaked at 100,403. Today that number is somewhere south of 65,000.
This is good news for WEAC members, and might even help with new recruits, but I wonder how WEAC explains it. Will the members get the same services for $60 less? If so, what was the $60 paying for? If they won’t get the same services, what is being cut and why are those things now considered non-essential?
This is a new world for the teachers’ unions. They have spent many years explaining that “cheap dues are cheap for a reason.” Let’s hear if they now have a different reason.