Antonucci: California Teachers Association seeks 80 percent member turnout in November
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. With large membership losses on the horizon, the California Teachers Association will take advantage of its current strength and devote considerable resources to state and local political campaigns this fall. The 325,000-member teachers union is spending the summer devising strategy to help elect Gavin Newsom as governor...
By Mike Antonucci | July 24, 2018
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
Antonucci: California school unions are ramping up campaign spending
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The end of the school year is near, but public school employee unions won’t be stopping for summer vacation. They are making final preparations for California’s June 5 primary and the November general election. School unions have already committed millions to various campaigns and committees. For the...
By Mike Antonucci | May 22, 2018
Antonucci: UTLA announces May 15 ‘sympathy strike’ to greet new superintendent
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Austin Beutner, the newly named superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is already getting his trial by fire. SEIU Local 99, which represents education support employees in the district, will hold a 24-hour strike on May 15 because of contentious contract negotiations. That is also...
By Mike Antonucci | May 8, 2018
Antonucci: UTLA directs its members to boycott after-school faculty meetings for the month of May
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles have had many ambitious plans to create a teacher mass movement such as we have seen in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona. Almost two years ago, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl promised to “create a state crisis” in early 2018. His...
By Mike Antonucci | May 8, 2018