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NEA Staff Wants Protection From Bullying

One of NEA’s staff unions, the Association of Field Service Employees (AFSE), has been working without a contract since the end of May. If their communications are any indication, a key issue to be hammered out is workplace bullying. The management side of this dispute is represented by executive director John Stocks, and AFSE has […]

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Hugging It Out

It is rough sledding for Chicago-area Democrats these days – from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his boss, the POTUS. But they can take solace from tiny thaws in the Cold War. CSN Chicago reports that while Emanuel is still Public Enemy #1 with most municipal unions, he remains the […]

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Official NEA State Affiliate Membership Numbers for 2013

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NEA & AFT Give More Than $2.2 Million to Democratic Governors

There are serious differences between factions in the Democratic Party over education policy, but they all agree that defeating Republicans at the polls is the top priority. During the second quarter of 2014, the Democratic Governors Association received $13.8 million, most of it from labor unions and $2,260,000 from NEA and AFT alone. Someone will ask, […]

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Merger Issues Never Go Away

Since the failed merger attempt in 1998 between the two national teachers’ unions, NEA has routinely had to revisit complications arising from the fact that some of its affiliates belong to two different organizations. Now-forgotten battles over Education Minnesota’s back dues, the NEAFT Partnership, and individual affiliate entry into the AFL-CIO arose. Even recently, NEA […]

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“Common Labor Practice” Under Examination

In the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, we are suddenly seeing a lot more scrutiny of processes that have been established by history, tradition and inertia. On the pages of the Los Angeles Times, law professors Catherine Fisk and Benjamin Sachs asked the question “Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?” […]

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Will Karen Lewis Be the Next Mayor of Chicago?

Speculation is running rampant that Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis will challenge her nemesis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and take his job. It has only accelerated now that Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle has removed herself from consideration. Lewis reportedly created an unofficial exploratory committee. A spur to all this is an automated poll […]

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