ERIC Number: ED428068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
NEA/AFT Membership: The Critical Issues. EPI Series on Teacher Unions.
Haar, Charlene K.; Lieberman, Myron
This booklet, one in the Education Policy Institute series about teacher union issues, examines issues related to membership in the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Both unions aggressively strive to enroll more members or require teachers to pay agency fees. If teachers want to change union policy, the unions encourage them to participate in policy making. After a foreword, section 1 presents an overview of critical issues and examines many teachers' dissatisfaction with the NEA and/or AFT. Section 2 highlights the membership and participation option, which is the NEA/AFT response to dissatisfied teachers. The unions stress that dissatisfied teachers should participate in union policy-making processes in order to create change. Section 3 discusses delegate allocations, explaining that teachers must be elected to or achieve delegate status by virtue of their position, such as presidency of a state association. Section 4 presents the election process. Section 5 describes a delegate's term of office. Section 6 discusses financial assistance for convention delegates. Section 7 describes delegate responsibilities and opportunities at the representative assembly. Section 8 presents special interest NEA caucuses. Section 9 discusses the state dimension of policy making. Section 10 presents conclusions about union membership/participation or nonmembership. An appendix offers a listing of independent professional educator groups. (Contains 12 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Relations, Policy Formation, Public Education, Teacher Associations, Teacher Participation, Teacher Rights, Teachers, Unions
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Education Policy Inst., Washington, DC.