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Declassified Document Drop Day

Written By: Mike Antonucci - May• 02•16

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No Raise in 8 Years, North Carolina Union Staff Claims

Written By: Mike Antonucci - May• 02•16

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.

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Pearson Pops AFT’s Bubble

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 29•16

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.

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Pennsylvania State Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 28•16

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 contractorThe Star Group – $690,959

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Oregon Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 27•16

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 contractorMcKanna Bishop Joffe – $581,740

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Oklahoma Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 26•16

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 contractorWhite & Weddle – $231,787

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The Grassroots Grow From The Top Down

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 25•16

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