Because of Trump, American Federation of Teachers union lost 76,000 members and $18M in dues revenue

Founded in Chicago in 1916, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is the second largest teacher’s labor union in America, the largest being the National Education Association (NEA). 

Members’ dues underwrite much of AFT’s political activities.

Since 1980, AFT and the NEA have contributed nearly $57.4 million to federal campaigns, an amount that is about 30% higher than any single corporation or other union. About 95% of political donations from teachers unions have gone to Democrats:

  • In 2008, AFT donated $1,997,375.00 to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, and $1,784,808.59 to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
  • The AFT endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race — Hillary and AFT president Randi Weingarten are longtime friends. Some AFT members felt the endorsement did not reflect the wishes of rank-and-file AFT members because they supported socialist Bernie Sanders.

According to Department of Labor filings, Weingarten, 61, earned nearly $560,000 in total compensation during the 2013-2014 school year.

On June 27, 2018, in a landmark but narrow 5:4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court ruled that public sector union dues violate the First Amendment by compelling nonmembers to “subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern”. Unions will, subsequently, need to gain the affirmative consent of individual teachers before enrolling them in the AFT and NEA.

The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling led directly to the cancellation of membership by a substantial portion of teachers in the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Sean Higgins reports for Washington Examiner, Oct. 9, 2019, on the effects of the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME ruling in the year since:

  • AFT lost 76,000 members and $18 million in dues revenue.
  • AFT membership declined 4% to 1.7 million members, and would have declined even more if AFT had not made a grassroots outreach to build up its membership by adding 8,000 full-time teachers and 8,000 retiree members.
  • In a recent Labor Department filing, AFT reported having lost some  82,000 “agency fee” payers — from more than 85,000 the previous year to just 3,000. Agency fee payers are people who are not members of a union but are covered by a collective bargaining contract which requires them to pay a union a regular fee. The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, however, means agency fee payers no longer are required to pay a fee to the AFT. The remaining agency fee payers are all at private-sector schools, because the Janus ruling doesn’t cover private-sector employment.

Conservatives must remember this when you find yourself unhappy with President Trump:

The narrow majority of five justices are Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, and Gorsuch.

The landmark Janus v. AFSCME ruling and the American Federation of Teachers’ loss of members and $18 million in revenue were made possible entirely because of President Trump’s nomination and the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia, joined the four justices (Alito, Roberts, Kennedy and Thomas) in the majority ruling.

~Eowyn

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YouKnowWho

Unions used to be justified, but have now been infiltrated, not unlike the media, by the far left.

Nope
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Nope

Unions were never justified. If employees can organize into extortionist unions, then they can also organize into private companies. If workers are as valuable as they believe, let them prove it in fair competition, not mob thuggery.

CDH
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CDH

The problem with that thinking is that Business also have what could be called unions, they have the Chambers of Commerce, business round-tables and other groups that band them together just like a union. I am not particularly fond of unions but they do serve a purpose when the employers are not playing fair with employees. Without employees the businesses would not survive and likewise without the businesses to employ many people the employees would not survive. It is a symbiotic relationship in which they need each other to survive.

Jackie Puppet
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I bet none of those lost are Chicago teachers – they’re set to go on strike later this month: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-cps-strike-chicago-teachers-union-is-deal-possible-20191011-fqaklruqxffapmak6yxkruxjue-story.html The head of the teachers’ union is a radical POS – the teachers were offered roughly a 15% pay raise, but the “teachers” are more concerned about support staff (nurses, social workers, etc), and neighborhood violence – like the support staff will be able to do anything about it. They had a strike about 7 years ago, and I don’t think they’ll get much public support this time around, but they don’t care like they say they do. There are… Read more »

Susan Clemons
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Susan Clemons

The unions are nothing more than political organizations fleecing their members to line pockets and donate to leftist politicians

Truckjunkie
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Truckjunkie

Gee-How I hate to see this happen. (sarc)

DCG
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Works for me!

Alma
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Unions used to be good until they got corrupted by those that sold their soul to the left and the corporation. They protect drunks, because they are drunks, the go to Vegas for “negotiations” on members dues and all they do is go to burlesque shows, get drunk and spend the night with prostitutes.

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BigMikeO

…and the teachers unions are the worst…during Soetoro’s reign the union leaders would brag openly about their power, and as I recall the union teachers wore communist tee shirts during their labor dispute matches …Trump and the Supreme Court he is restoring are gifts that keep on giving…good riddance to these corrupt unions