While most people typically think of coal and construction workers when someone mentions a union, teacher union membership has steadily crept up. It’s difficult to get an exact number, but it is estimated that teacher unions, specifically the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers now make up 25% of all union membership.
In an article posted in the 74 Million, they share some intriguing statistics, as well as some insights as to why these numbers can be so hard to configure:
Where do school employees unions fit with all this? It would be very difficult to parse out their percentages, due to affiliate mergers, the number of retirees, members who don’t work in education and non-education unions (such as the Teamsters) that represent school employees.
But between them, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers claim about 3.6 million working members. That would be more than half of all public-sector union members, and about one-quarter of all union members in the United States.the 74 Million