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Membership Losses, Budget Cuts Continue to Plague NEA

posted at 3:10 pm on December 19, 2011 by

It may take some time, and will probably happen under cover of darkness, but soon the claim that the National Education Association represents 3.2 million members will be adjusted downward, as the latest figures show the union’s total membership at well under 3.1 million.

Over the last two calendar years, NEA has lost almost 139,000 total members, and more than 169,000 total members over the last three years. Since its ranks of retired members have been growing during that span, it understates the union’s losses among working education employees.

While NEA has instituted extraordinary measures to bring its budget in line with reduced revenues, the membership losses will require an additional $9.5 million in cuts at the national office.

Fewer members also means fewer dollars flowing to the national union’s ballot initiative/legislative crises and media funds, but the $10 per member increase approved at NEA’s convention last July insures that those accounts will contain more money than ever before.

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Were there such a thing as a useful union, the existence of the NEA would be its couterweight.

trl on December 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The NEA encourages retiree membership. Few join.

jeanie on December 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

At one time, the NEA was a professional organization of teachers and administrators.

Then there was Albert Shanker and the American Federation of Teachers and the NEA became a union.

slp on December 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM

awwwwwww

welcome to the real world

cmsinaz on December 20, 2011 at 6:34 AM

and my brother who is a teacher is complaining that he has to put money in towards his retirement, the shock!

cmsinaz on December 20, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Well it seems, at least here in the northern part of Ohio, tax payers are waking up.

My mother told me one of her friends commented that teachers were under paid. About three people turned around and said what are you talking about, have you seen their pay scale?!

Achele175 on December 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

one of her friends commented that teachers were under paid.

For all the activist work, emails, protesting, organizing, grievance-mongering, stern memo-writing, letters to the editor, not-for-profit-special-interest-group-meeting-attending, and levy-cheerleading they do, they’re right. A teacher’s salary just doesn’t cover that kind of hard work.

winoceros on December 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Cool! I take this as a sign there will be more teachers teaching than there will be indoctrinators indoctrinating as the NEA declines.

Turtle317 on December 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I guess Reading, Writing and Arithmatic are out, now it’s singing about BHO…Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, revising History and Occupying the North Pole.

Sabercat2 on December 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

For all the activist work, emails, protesting, organizing, grievance-mongering, stern memo-writing, letters to the editor, not-for-profit-special-interest-group-meeting-attending, and levy-cheerleading they do, they’re right. A teacher’s salary just doesn’t cover that kind of hard work.

winoceros on December 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

/Snort 🙂

Achele175 on December 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM