|Teacher Union Decline by State|
|posted by: Alix | February 09, 2012, 07:10 PM|
Since the labor battles of 2011 and the growing push for education reform nationwide, pundits and education experts from across the political spectrum have predicted massive membership and financial losses for teacher labor unions in the coming years. While there have been media reports about union lay-offs and budget shortfalls, new data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on total membership losses by percentage in some very unlikely states.
According to the data requirements compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership each year is reported by total membership per state. While the data doesn't distinguish type of employee, the report is considered the most accurate representation of union membership totals in 2011.
Rather than examine unionization rates, or market share of educators, reflecting on total membership losses both reflect lost teachers and lost income. While some of the states losing members in the analysis are predictable, others are coming from states where teachers are already forced to pay dues as a condition of employment–an indication of severe dissatisfaction with union representation based on the difficult agency fee payer process.
Interestingly, some of the states with the largest union downturns reflect states with a growing non-union presence, particularly in Idaho and Utah.
What are your thoughts about the states in decline?