Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fordham says Kentucky is Middle-of-the-Pack Union State

How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? 
A State-By-State Comparison 

This from the Fordham Foundation:
This timely study represents the most comprehensive analysis of American teacher unions’ strength ever conducted, ranking all fifty states and the District of Columbia according to the power and influence of their state-level unions. To assess union strength, the Fordham Institute and Education

Reform Now examined thirty-seven different variables across five realms:

The strength of teacher unions in the U.S.

How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? Click map to view larger
1) Resources and Membership
2) Involvement in Politics
3) Scope of Bargaining
4) State Policies
5) Perceived Influence

The study analyzed factors ranging from union membership and revenue to state bargaining laws to campaign contributions, and included such measures such as the alignment between specific state policies and traditional union interests and a unique stakeholder survey. The report sorts the fifty-one jurisdictions into five tiers, ranking their teacher unions from strongest to weakest and providing in-depth profiles of each.

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