Intercepts

A listening post monitoring public education and teachers’ unions.

Connecticut Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 11•14

The Connecticut Education Association isn’t experiencing the same fiscal difficulties of many other NEA affiliates, but its payroll and benefit costs are substantial.

Total membership – 43,283, up 296

Total revenue – $19.6 million (92% came from member dues), up $12,000

Budget surplus – $970,000

Net assets – $17.2 million

Total staff – 94

Staff salaries and benefits – $14.1 million

Highest paid employee – Christopher Hankins, director of legal services, $167,933 base salary

Highest paid contractor – No one received more than $100,000

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Colorado Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 10•14

Here are the figures for the Colorado Education Association.

Total membership – 37,856, down 223

Total revenue – $11.1 million (89% came from member dues), down $420,000

Budget surplus – $37,000

Net assets – $5.4 million

Total staff – 52

Staff salaries and benefits – $6.6 million

Highest paid employee – Tony Salazar, executive director, $167,500 base salary

Highest paid contractor – No one received more than $100,000

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California Teachers Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 09•14

I spend a lot of time on the California Teachers Association not only because I live in California, but because the union’s influence over state government is unmatched anywhere else in the nation. Note that CTA’s annual revenues are almost half of that collected by NEA national, despite having 1/10th the members.

Total membership – 307,451, down 5,611

Total revenue – $183.2 million (94% came from member dues), down $2.6 million

Budget surplus – $3.4 million

Net assets – $141.2 million

Total staff – 535

Staff salaries and benefits – $84.5 million

Highest paid employee – Carolyn Doggett, executive director, $217,180 base salary

Highest paid contractor – Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers – $1.1 million

I need to add a few further details on CTA’s highest paid employees, since things like deferred income, cashed-out sick leave and vacation, and taxable allowances all play into pay rankings from year-to-year. Take a look at this page from CTA’s IRS filings.

CTAsalaries

James Thrasher was an assistant executive director at CTA before (presumably) retiring. While we have no breakdown of what “other compensation” entails, it makes sense to deduce this is an accumulation of unused sick leave and vacation time over a period of many years, plus whatever taxable allowances CTA provides its senior staff. The next column is deferred compensation, which is salary earned in previous years. So Thrasher came away with more than $500,000. That’s worth noting, but it doesn’t mean he was the highest paid employee, or that he received a pay raise from the previous year.

Often the money doesn’t stop there. David Sanchez, who left office as CTA president in 2011, received $226,034 in total compensation in 2012-13.

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Taking Stocks, Two Cents about Nickels, and the Wrath of Conn

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 08•14

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Arkansas Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 08•14

Here are the figures for the Arkansas Education Association.

Total membership – 13,567, down 805

Total revenue – $3.8 million (91% came from member dues), down $190,000

Budget surplus – $410,000

Net assets – $1.3 million

Total staff – 32

Staff salaries and benefits – $2.2 million

Highest paid employee – Rich Nagel, executive director, $105,605 base salary

Highest paid contractor – Mitchell, Blackstock and Barnes – $352,000

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Arizona Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 05•14

We have paid a lot of attention to faltering union affiliates in the Midwest, but not much to Arizona, where AEA has lost almost half its membership in the last four years.

Total membership – 18,376, down 1,855

Total revenue – $5.8 million (83% came from member dues), down $1 million

Budget surplus – $6,000

Net assets – $2.7 million

Total staff – 42

Staff salaries and benefits – $4 million

Highest paid employee – Sheryl Mathis, executive director, $140,735 base salary

Highest paid contractor – No one received more than $100,000

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NEA Alaska’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Dec• 04•14

NEA Alaska’s membership numbers are stable, and its financial status appears solid. Here are the particulars:

Total membership – 12,999, down 5

Total revenue – $7.5 million (85% came from member dues), up $100,000

Budget surplus – $870,000

Net assets – $8.5 million

Total staff – 31

Staff salaries and benefits – $4.2 million

Highest paid employee – Lydia Garcia-Dougherty, $153,000 base salary, partially paid by NEA national

Highest paid contractor – Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP, $191,000

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