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NEA Sends Another $250K to Washington State

The Washington Education Association was able to get its class-size reduction initiative passed last November with $2.45 million from its own coffers and more than $1.8 million from NEA national. The election is over, but evidently the bills are still coming in, so NEA authorized an additional $250,000 to WEA to offset those expenses. Other state […]

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Massachusetts Teachers Association Moves to the ‘Burbs

Having unloaded its headquarters building in Boston for a cool $9.85 million last year, the Massachusetts Teachers Association will be moving its operations to the nearby city of Quincy. The union signed a long-term lease for 46,000 square feet at Heritage Landing. “The MTA is very excited about our new headquarters in Quincy,” said Ann Clarke, […]

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NEA Names New Political Director

From NEA HQ: The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, has named Carrie Pugh as its new political director. Pugh will lead NEA’s national and state elections, strategic operations, civic and member engagement and PAC fundraising efforts. Prior to taking on her new role, she oversaw NEA’s coordinated campaigns, redistricting, civic engagement, data and […]

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Test vs. Trust

The United Federation of Teachers decided to voluntarily close its elementary charter school rather than be forced to do so by its charter authorizer, the State University of New York. Rather than repeat what I wrote in October 2012, when it seemed closure was imminent, I will instead focus on the union’s press announcement, wherein UFT […]

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One Member-One Vote or Creeping Merger?

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Other Shoe Drops in Alabama, Boot to Follow

It took quite a bit longer to happen than I estimated back in September, but the Alabama Education Association took the first steps to oust Henry Mabry, its executive director, over his failure to “meet his obligations toward the sound financial operation of AEA.” The union’s board of directors made the move after receiving the […]

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From the Vault: October 29, 2001

NEA Battles Teamsters in Nevada. NEA’s largest education support personnel local affiliate is locked in a representation battle with an International Brotherhood of Teamsters local in Clark County, Nevada. The Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) represents some 7,000 food service workers, bus drivers, maintenance workers and other support personnel in the giant Clark County School […]

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