by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Yesterday, Mike Antonucci posted the official National Education Association (NEA) State Affiliate membership numbers for 2014. He notes, “The biggest losers [of active members] over the five-year period were Arizona and Wisconsin (each with 53.1% active member loss), North Carolina (45.9% loss) and Louisiana (31.5% loss).” (Emphasis added)
The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) also lost nearly 36 percent of its total membership over the last five years. Active NCAE membership is just under 26,000, while total membership dipped below 40,000. As Bob Luebke points out, the NCAE appears to be ineligible for dues check off, that is, the automatic deduction of union dues from employee paychecks.
Details of NEA membership trends among state affiliates are below (click to enlarge).