Allies of Education: No Voice, No Vote, Just Hand Over the Money

That about sums up the National Education Association’s (NEA) Representative Assembly vote.   Non-teacher, so-called “public education allies” will be able to join the NEA but the benefit of membership seems all on the side of the NEA.   As a matter of fact, it seems this new membership category gives “public education allies” the same privileges as agency fee payors had prior to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation’s groundbreaking Janus victory last year. has the story.

The “public education allies” will not be eligible to vote or engage in the union’s governance, but will be able to donate to NEA’s PAC.

While different sources report differing membership increases and decreases, massive agency fee payor numbers dwindling to zero, the fact remains that any employee who works for any governmental agency is no longer forced to pay dues against his or her will.  The Janus decision has forced unions to revive themselves by looking for other income streams besides membership.  Surely every organization would love to have people join and pay money to their PAC but bar them from having any say or power in that organization.he said.