Dues Dollars at Work

How IEA/NEA Dues Dollars Are Allocated: 2008-2009 Membership Year

(These figures date from 2008-2009, but will still give a decent sense of what proportion of our dues money goes to what task.)

This compilation prepared by UniServ Director, Jim Clark based upon analysis of separate IEA and NEA Dues Allocation Reports for the 2008-09 Budget Year available from the Illinois Education Association (per IEA 2008 Pocket Calendar) and the National Education Association (per Appendix D of NEA materials provided to Fair Share fee payers.)The NEA budget is based on 3.3 million members. The IEA budget is based on 130,000 members. The percentages below reflect strategic allocation of those combined dollars as a percentage of an individual dues obligation to the IEA and NEA but not local affiliate dues assessed.

Support Strong Locals and State Affiliates to Protect Member InterestsDeliver UniServ assistance to K12 school and college/university employees through assignment of trained Association local staff located in local access regional office (such as Marion, IL); support for local and state projects including local assistance grants and bargaining training. Research that emphasizes increased salaries/benefits through tax equity, economic development, and adequate school funding; and development of compensation and organizing database technology. Recruit and retain members in all categories and produce internal communications for members and leaders. Research analysis of federal, state and local district, college and university finances. 42.6%
Administrative Support and Contingency
Provide for the business operations to ensure organizational effectiveness through technology and funding of fixed costs, contingency funds, and infrastructure, IEA Executive Director office and general Association business and financial services, facilities services, and human resources to serve the needs of affiliates and members. Provide funding for emergencies at the national, state, or local levels.
Governance, Leadership Development and Constituency Group SupportProvide for Regional Leadership Conferences, Minority and Women’s Leadership Training, constituent group leadership and program development including support for councils such as the National Council for Higher Education, IEA Higher Education Council and Southern Illinois Region 2 Council. Implement an inclusive, engaged governance process that fosters member participation and democratic decision making through such governing bodies as IEA and NEA Representative Assemblies, IEA and NEA Board of Directors, IEA and NEA Executive Committees, and IEA and NEA committees and tasks forces. 13.08%
Legislative and Political ActionsBuild bipartisan support for public education that includes state and federal lobbying, government relations with state and federal agencies, state ballot issues and legislative crisis fund, cyber lobbyists, members’ education and mobilization on political issues. Includes refundable Illinois Political Action Committee (IPACE) contribution for Illinois (not FEDERAL) candidates and issues. 8.53%
Legal SupportImplement advocacy programs for members including the Unified Legal Services Program, Fidelity Bond, Association Professional Liability insurance, and a one million dollar per member Educators Employment Liability insurance program. Includes legal training of Illinois Education Association staff. 7.83%
Partnerships and Public RelationsStrengthen existing partnerships and establish new relationships with diverse supportive organizations and businesses with an emphasis on outreach to ethnic minority communities and family-community organizations. Establish IEA and NEA public image as an advocate for great public education institutions through TV, radio, print and cyber news including some aspects of internal communications. 5.08%
Improve K-12 Teaching and LearningAdvocate for qualified teachers and support professionals in every classroom and work site; create learning conditions that close achievement gaps, particularly for low income and minority students; increase graduation rates through teacher preparation, certification and development, and working conditions that improve compensation; health care, and retirement security; ethnic minority community outreach; and research and documentation on testing and accountability. Support English Language Learner policies, best practices, and programs. 1.28%
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