- The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) spent $35.7 million and $49.2 million respectively from members’ dues on political and lobbying activities during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
- The Presidents of both unions earn significantly more than the average teacher; Randi Weingarten of AFT made $488,000 and Becky Pringle of NEA earned $449,537 during the same period.
- Both unions have introduced gender and racial policies in schools, with NEA promoting gender-transition procedures for LGBTQ youth and AFT emphasizing “identity-affirming spaces.”
According to a recent report from Americans for Fair Treatment, the two largest teachers unions in the U.S. have allocated substantial portions of their members’ dues to political and lobbying activities.
The report was exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) spent a whopping $35.7 million of members’ dues on political efforts during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
This included contributions to left-leaning groups like Friends for Kathy Hochul, the Democratic New York governor’s campaign, and Media Matters for America, a media oversight entity.
Meanwhile, the National Education Association (NEA) spent an even larger sum of $49.2 million from its members’ dues on similar activities.
Their beneficiaries included Building Back Together, which supports Democratic President Joe Biden’s policy initiatives, and March for Our Lives, an advocacy group campaigning for stricter gun regulations.
Elisabeth Messenger, the CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment, expressed concern about these allocations.
“NEA and AFT are meant to champion the interests of teachers nationwide. However, they seem to prioritize partisan politics, which may not always align with the beliefs of their member base,” she stated.
“This report underscores the political and financial maneuvers these major unions undertake, sometimes at the cost of the very government workers they represent.”
The report further detailed that AFT dedicated about 17% of its expenditure on political ventures, which included a $1 million donation to Put Michigan First.
This organization spearheaded ad campaigns that criticized Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon.
Additionally, AFT contributed $275,000 to Red Wine and Blue, a group of mothers advocating for progressive values.
On the other hand, the NEA utilized 7% of its collected dues for political and lobbying activities.
Significant donations from NEA included $150,000 to EMILY’s List, aiming to support pro-choice candidates, and $180,000 to the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, which pushes for policies that particularly benefit marginalized groups.
The report also contrasted the salaries of the leaders of these unions with that of the average teacher.
AFT President Randi Weingarten earned $488,000 during the 2021-2022 period, which is almost nine times more than the average teacher’s salary of $56,483.
Similarly, NEA President Becky Pringle’s earnings stood at $449,537, nearly eight times more than an average educator.
Both AFT and NEA have also made headlines for introducing gender and racial policies in educational settings.
For instance, the NEA recently passed a resolution promoting gender-transition procedures for LGBTQ youth, while the AFT conducted a training session emphasizing the creation of “identity-affirming spaces” in classrooms.
As of now, there has been no comment from either AFT or NEA in response to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s findings.
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