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Teacher Union Membership Continues to Slide

posted at 6:00 pm on October 21, 2013 by

The National Education Association lost an additional 61,000 active K-12 members during the 2012-13 school year, bringing the union’s cumulative losses to almost 300,000 working public education employees since 2008-09.

The NEA student program also took a beating, losing almost 11 percent of its members in a single year.

The loss of members will leave NEA with about $10.2 million less than it otherwise would have had, though it appears the union’s 2013-14 budget anticipated the shortfall.

I have no data on which states suffered what losses, but membership losses impact NEA state affiliate activities much more than those at the national level. State affiliates are likely to lean heavily on NEA funding for ballot initiative and legislative battles in the coming year. NEA national expects to have $38 million available to distribute for those purposes in 2014.

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Good news. This means that there might be hope for lower and middle-income families, especially “minority” families.

Progressives have done terrible damage to the public education system and generations of Americans. Shameful. It’s one of the main reasons why I could never bring myself to vote for a Democrat.

visions on October 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I have no data on which states suffered what losses, …

Here’s a clue and then some: think Aaron Rodgers, Scott Walker, and your buddy shooting your beer out of your hand in deer camp.

M240H on October 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The loss of members will leave NEA with about $10.2 million less than it otherwise would have had…

The Democrat Party won’t like being short changed $10.2 million.

RJL on October 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

What’s bad for unions is good for America. That goes double for gubmint unions.

Ted Torgerson on October 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Doesn’t bother me at all. Our children recieved a good education and have suceeded from there. Of course having a caring Mother and Father counts more.

The NEA has a legal Ponzi scheme for it’s retirement program, and today’s teachers (indoctrinators) want to keep the cash, even though the NEA has to represent them in any hearing. Their losing a lot more money than they are saying.

BTW, was the largest lose in Wisconsin?

Sabercat2 on October 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Well, they do have a Lawgiver-In-Black in Madistan, who expanded his earlier localized ban on annual recertification elections as a condition of continued public union representation statewide.

Steve Eggleston on October 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Deny them funds, and they implode.
The first thing a conservative legislature & governor should do is to break the public sector unions.

Iblis on October 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

W00t! They feed off children like some kinda Dr. Who villain.

The quicker the union dies the better.

29Victor on October 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

W00t! They feed off children like some kinda Dr. Who villain.

The quicker the union dies the better.

29Victor on October 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Bring on the Daleks vs. the unions…

Exterminate! EXTERMINATE!

Turtle317 on October 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Same here in California. Most of the membership where I work is Republican and do not like Obama. Union membership is seen more as job security rather than any philosophical agreement with unionism.

Blue Collar Todd on October 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Same here in California. Most of the membership where I work is Republican and do not like Obama. Union membership is seen more as job security rather than any philosophical agreement with unionism.

Blue Collar Todd on October 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Republicans in California? I thought I was one of the last one out…

trigon on October 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Ones. Sheesh.

Still waiting on that edit feature…

trigon on October 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Republicans in California? I thought I was one of the last one out…
trigon on October 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I think they’ve been put on the endangered species list.

tommyboy on October 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM


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