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Official NEA State Affiliate Membership Numbers for 2013

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Jul• 21•14

July 21, 2014

Official NEA State Affiliate Membership Numbers for 2013. Once again it took a bit of detective work but at last I can provide the state-by-state membership numbers for the National Education Association as of the end of the 2013 school year. More recent comprehensive state numbers are unavailable to outsiders, but we know the union has lost a total of 17,000 active members nationally so far in 2014. That’s an average loss of about 340 additional members per state affiliate in 2014, though it is becoming increasingly clear that the healthy affiliates are rebounding while the weak ones continue to sink.

I have compiled the numbers in a handy table, which provides both the total and active membership for each state affiliate. Active members are employed teachers, professionals and education support workers. Total membership includes retirees, students, substitutes and all others.

Along with the numbers are the changes in those figures since 2012 and 2009, when NEA reached its membership high-water mark. In the last four years, NEA lost 9.2 percent of its active members.

For quick reference you can refer to this chart as I detail the exact numbers.

NEA State Affiliate Changes in Membership, 2009-2013

The biggest losers over the four-year period were Arizona (49 percent active member loss), Wisconsin (39.4% loss), North Carolina (38.3% loss), Idaho (24.2% loss), Tennessee (21.7% loss) and Louisiana (21.5% loss).

Other affiliates with losses of more than 15% include Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia and the Utah School Employees Association.

NEA is also experiencing a widening gap between membership numbers and revenue numbers. The five merged affiliates (Florida, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and New York) have some of the healthiest membership numbers in the organization, but their national dues revenues are split between NEA and AFT.

The 2014 numbers will show a loss of 3,000 members from the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, mitigated by the gain of 2,000 or so merged AFT-affiliated employees in North Dakota. But the UHPA members used to pay full national dues to NEA and the new North Dakota members won’t.

Increases in retired members are better than losing them all together, but each new retired member also constitutes a loss of a full dues-paying active member. These factors help explain why NEA is expecting membership losses to flatten out, but still budgeted to lose full-time equivalents over the next two years.

The short-term outlook is relatively simple. Virtually all NEA state affiliates suffered over the last four years, but those that avoided heavy losses will soon resume slow but steady growth. Those affiliates that took the biggest hits will likely continue to hemorrhage members, and will be a drain on NEA’s national resources in an attempt to keep them afloat.

Recent Intercepts. EIA’s daily blog, Intercepts, covered these topics July 7-21:

* Will Karen Lewis Be the Next Mayor of Chicago? It tells you a lot about union democracy that she has a better chance of becoming mayor than becoming AFT president.

* Oregon Union Sued by Own Staff. That’s why it’s called binding arbitration.

* Old Fracking and New. Even some NEA affiliates have a hard time taking those new business items seriously.

* NEA & AFT Give More Than $2.2 Million to Democratic Governors. Win now, fight later.

* Florida State Union Takes Over Palm Beach Local. Caretakers or more?

* Meanwhile, in Modesto. Unresolved.

* Merger Issues Never Go Away. Full representation.

* “Common Labor Practice” Under Examination. A body in motion can come to a halt.

* Arne’s Riposte. Sending back a message.

* AFT Saves Me Money, Endangers My Liver. Hooray for live streaming.

* Nine Stories About Teachers’ Unions I Didn’t Write Last Week. Yes, even more stuff!

Quote of the Week. “As a former union leader and a lifelong Democrat who supports collective bargaining, I am deeply troubled by the rhetoric and strategy we heard at both national conventions. They attacked an administration in Washington that helped protect 400,000 teaching jobs during the recession, has actively promoted labor-management collaboration and has empowered classroom teachers to help shape policy.” – Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles, the former speaker of the California Assembly and a former organizer with the United Teachers of Los Angeles. (July 21 Wall Street Journal)

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