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One NEA Message, Wrapped in Many Disguises

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 04•16

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NEA New Mexico’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 04•16

NEA New Mexico is a stable affiliate, neither growing very much nor losing very much over the past few years. However, it is highly dependent on its subsidies from NEA national.

Total membership – 8,860, up 246 members

Total revenue – $3.0 million (65.8% came from member dues), up $116,000

Deficit – $252,000

Net assets – $3.9 million

Total staff – 24

Staff salaries and benefits – $2 million

Highest paid employee – Charles Bowyer, executive director – $108,097 base salary

Highest paid contractor – None received more than $100,000


West Virginia Support Employees Leave AFT

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 01•16

When the West Virginia Support Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) joined the American Federation of Teachers in 2008, the national union sent out a laudatory press release:

West Virginia’s independent union of more than 7,800 school service personnel has affiliated with the AFT and AFT-West Virginia. The two state organizations together represent about 15,000 workers, and, if approved by AFT’s executive council in September, the agreement will make the AFT the largest union in West Virginia.

There has been no similar press release, nor any official mention whatsoever, now that WVSSPA has disaffiliated itself from AFT.

AFT has not been idle, however. In response, the union is raiding its former affiliate for members to join AFT West Virginia directly, similar to what NEA did in Memphis, Tennessee.

WVSSPA executive director Joe White calls it “an old-fashioned union war” and told the Charleston Gazette-Mail, “The AFT national is a big bully and, here in West Virginia, we don’t take kind to bullies telling you what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it.”

WVSSPA disaffiliated after a unanimous vote of its executive committee. AFT president Randi Weingarten said she would help keep the association in the AFL-CIO if the rank-and-file were allowed to express their preference about AFT affiliation.

AFT didn’t seem overly concerned about the opinion of the rank-and-file in 2008, when a unanimous vote of the executive committee authorized the affiliation in the first place.

“Our money was going to Wisconsin, Michigan, everywhere else, and it was just not working for us, for West Virginia school service personnel,” said White, adding, “[AFT is] out to destroy us, but it’s not going to happen.”


New Jersey Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Mar• 31•16

The New Jersey Education Association had a negative net worth, primarily due to pension and health care liabilities owed to its own employees totaling $154.2 million. Still, NJEA had enough money to use $9.3 million to form its own SuperPAC – Garden State Forward – and contribute $125,000 to New Jersey Policy Perspective.

Total membership – 200,174, down 140 members

Total revenue – $129.6 million (88% came from member dues), up $3.1 million

Surplus – $1.1 million

Net assets – negative $17.6 million

Total staff – 426

Staff salaries and benefits – $61.3 million

Highest paid employee – Vincent Giordano, former executive director – $491,879 base salary

Highest paid contractorThe New Media Firm – $5,157,043


Meeting on Madeloni’s Job Status Called Off

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Mar• 30•16

The Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Teachers Association postponed its special meeting to discuss the post-employment settlement between union president Barbara Madeloni and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The meeting was supposed to take place this evening, but was called off after Madeloni supporters announced plans to pack the meeting’s venue – Ken’s Steakhouse in Framingham.

Questions arose about Madeloni’s employment status after a Boston Globe story revealed she had arranged a two-year renewal of unpaid leave after UMass Amherst dismissed her as an adjunct professor.


Nine Words

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Mar• 29•16

The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”

So ends, for the time being, the Friedrichs challenge to agency fees for public sector employees.

NEA believes it was a great victory for its point of view. But it’s only a matter of time. The 1977 Abood decision laid the foundation for its own demise. Whether through legislation or litigation, the days of compelled union fees are numbered.


Unemployed Person Runs the Massachusetts Teachers Association

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Mar• 28•16

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