Friday, December 23, 2005

EIA Exclusive: NEA's Annual Labor Organization Disclosure

The Education Intelligence Agency performs public education research, analysis and investigations. The Communique for the Week of December 12, 2005 is an exclusive disclosure of the National Education Association's (national teacher union) contributions, grants and political expenditures. Our tax dollars are used to pay teachers salaries in turn teachers use these tax dollars to pay union dues. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are wasted each year on lobbying and union administration instead of staying in the class room. Voting yes on tax referenda will only increase the use of our own tax dollars being used against us.

EIA Exclusive: NEA's Annual Labor Organization Disclosure Report – Part Two, Contributions, Grants and Political Expenditures

Last week, EIA reported on the salary portion of the 2004-05 labor organization financial disclosure report (LM-2) filed by the National Education Association. This analysis concentrates on contribution, grants, political expenditures, and other outlays made by the union during the year.

The U.S. Department of Labor now requires unions to itemize expenditures in the following categories:

* Representational activities – NEA spent $47 million.

* Political activities and lobbying – NEA spent $25 million.

* Contributions, gifts and grants – NEA spent $65.5 million.

* General overhead – NEA spent $64 million.

* Union administration – NEA spent $56.8 million.

Each category contains details of expenditures, though it isn't always clear why an expenditure was placed in one category and not another. NEA also employed a mob of consultants during the 2004-05 school year, and space simply won't allow listing them all, or guessing at what they were hired to do.

For the complete report go to the Education Intelligence Agency website.

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