Analysis: UTLA attempts to move American Federation of Teachers to the left
Last week we highlighted how the California Teachers Association and its largest local affiliate, United Teachers Los Angeles, wield a disproportionate amount of power over the policies of their parent union, the National Education Association. UTLA is also affiliated with the smaller of the two national teacher unions, the American Federation of Teachers. AFT just...
By Mike Antonucci | July 17, 2018
California Teachers Association wields outsized influence over national teacher union policies
The National Education Association held its annual Representative Assembly in Minneapolis last week. Six thousand delegates, representing teachers and education support workers in every state, met to debate and vote on the national union’s budget and agenda for the 2018-19 school year. Each year the delegates amend NEA’s constitution and by-laws, federal legislative program, resolutions,...
By Mike Antonucci | July 10, 2018
Analysis: California Teachers Association to spend up to $10 million supporting two statewide ballot initiatives — and opposing three others
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Every member of the California Teachers Association contributes $36 annually to the union’s ballot initiative fund. Unspent money rolls over and today the fund holds in excess of $23 million. This month CTA’s State Council, comprised of almost 800 union representatives from across California, approved...
By Mike Antonucci | June 26, 2018
Antonucci: Retiring California teachers will earn more than working teachers in 24 states
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. More than 900,000 current and former public school teachers are covered by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). The pension system has $210 billion in net assets. It will need all of it and more, since it holds only 63.7 percent of the funds necessary to...
By Mike Antonucci | June 12, 2018
Exclusive: California Teachers Association projects 23,000-member loss in wake of Supreme Court ruling and slashes its budget
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association has voted to slash its 2018-19 budget by more than $20 million because it expects to lose 23,000 members with an unfavorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that challenges the right of government unions to charge non-members for...
By Mike Antonucci | June 5, 2018
Antonucci: Putting California school spending statistics in perspective
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. United Teachers Los Angeles held a large rally in Grand Park last week in support of the union’s demands for a new contract. UTLA is very eager to piggyback on the phenomenon of teacher walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona. California’s teachers have a much tougher...
By Mike Antonucci | May 29, 2018