Teacher Union Membership Continues to Slide
posted at 6:00 pm on October 21, 2013 by Mike Antonucci
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.