The North Carolina Association of Educators is in a financial and membership free fall, and NCAE employees say they are bearing the brunt. The staff union posted a petition addressed to the NCAE executive director that reads:
We, the members of the North Carolina Staff Organization, the unionized workers at NCAE (UniServ Directors, Program Staff, and Headquarters Union Staff), urge NCAE to provide a reasonable salary and benefits package. Bargaining fairly is a critical way to demonstrate your respect for us as colleagues and professionals.
Why is this important?
Our staff is under constant pressure to do more with less since we have not received a salary increase in eight (8) years. It is vital that we collaborate to address how we will continue to provide quality services, despite management’s refusal to fill vacant UniServ positions while filling management positions. When it comes to finding creative solutions in a budget crisis we are, in fact, strong together. But the budget should not be balanced on the backs of the staff that provide quality services to our members.
Thus far we have been flexible, collaborative, worked overtime, lost sleep, picked up second jobs, lost time w/family, watched friends/colleagues retire, and changed our personal schedules in an attempt to stop/slow the bleeding of the association.
We, the undersigned, support our staff in their efforts to gain a reasonable salary and benefits package as they work to rebuild NCAE.
So far the petition has 192 signatures.
In other staff union news, the Oregon Education Association has reached a tentative agreement with its professional staff, after almost two years without a contract.
The American Federation of Teachers, by virtue of holding shares in Pearson Inc., submitted a resolution to the education and testing company to “immediately conduct a thorough business strategy review of Pearson PLC including education commercialization and its support of high stakes testing and low-fee private schools and to report to shareholders within six months.”
The union and its allies also produced a petition, a rally and a media blitz.
Well, the shareholders voted on the resolution this morning and it was defeated by a margin of 97.6% to 2.4%.
Fortunately for AFT and its friends, they have the option of selling their Pearson shares and putting their money into companies and organizations more supportive of views that are in a tiny minority at Pearson. Would that teachers had the same option.
The Pennsylvania State Education Association vastly improved its bottom line by cutting expenditures on staff compensation by almost $6 million.
Total membership – 179,447, down 1,575 members
Total revenue – $69.2 million (88.7% came from member dues), up $942,000
Surplus – $10.9 million
Net assets – $49 million
Total staff – 273
Staff salaries and benefits – $42.6 million
Highest paid employee – John Springer, former executive director – $183,246 base salary
Highest paid contractor – The Star Group – $690,959
The income figures for the Oregon Education Association are a bit skewed due to the nearly $1.7 million it received in attorney fee awards in 2014 after a lawsuit settlement. Still, OEA is a relatively strong state affiliate, though it continues to have a contentious relationship with its own employees.
Total membership – 40,637, up 261 members
Total revenue – $24 million (77.1% came from member dues), up $2.4 million
Surplus – $2.5 million
Net assets – $21.1 million
Total staff – 132
Staff salaries and benefits – $14 million
Highest paid employee – Hanna Vaandering, president – $190,759 base salary
Highest paid contractor – McKanna Bishop Joffe – $581,740
The Oklahoma Education Association has lost more than 36 percent of its membership over the past 20 years. It is highly dependent on grants from NEA national to maintain its level of operations.
Total membership – 21,291, down 1,016 members
Total revenue – $6.5 million (75.4% came from member dues), down $159,000
Deficit – $82,000
Net assets – $2.2 million
Total staff – 47
Staff salaries and benefits – $3.9 million
Highest paid employee – Lela Odom, former executive director – $159,302 base salary
Highest paid contractor – White & Weddle – $231,787