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It’s a Teacher Union Real Estate Sell-Off!

Yesterday’s post about the Massachusetts Teachers Association selling its headquarters building in Boston was one in a long line of stories about teachers’ unions and real estate. There was the United Teachers of Dade sale, and the Indiana State Teachers Association sale (to NEA Properties Inc.), and even the United Federation of Teachers multiple sales. […]

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Massachusetts Teachers Association Becomes a Tenant

Last year we reported the Massachusetts Teachers Association put its eight-story headquarters building in Boston up for sale. After almost a year, the union finally found a buyer. New York-based real estate investors Faros Properties purchased the building for a reported $9.85 million. Under the terms of the sale, MTA will remain in the space […]

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Compromise(d)

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NEA Drops $335K Into House Race in Maine

The National Education Association’s Super PAC has concentrated almost exclusively on trying to preserve the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, but last week it made a $335,000 expenditure to produce and air ads in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District against Republican Bruce Poliquin. Poliquin has a slight lead in the polls over Democrat Emily Cain, […]

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NEA Spending Almost $80 Per Arkansas Member on Senate Race

The National Education Association’s Super PAC dropped another $350,000 on a media buy in the Arkansas U.S. Senate race, bringing its total spending in the state to about $840,000. The teachers’ union represents fewer than 11,000 working public education employees in Arkansas (out of about 32,000).

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Philly Follies

You have probably heard by now that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission unilaterally canceled the collective bargaining agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. In order to close a budget deficit the commission wants union members to contribute to their health insurance, which they do not do now. Of course, that was enough to anger the union, […]

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Has NEA Abandoned the Nevada Tax Initiative?

The latest filing for Question 3, the margin tax initiative on the Nevada ballot, appears to show the Nevada State Education Association standing entirely alone and, it seems, almost out of cash. The Education Initiative PAC, which supports Question 3, raised $653,204 and spent $1,098,181 in the latest period. Since Jan. 1, the political action […]

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