Friday, November 2, 2012
How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison
This 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. The study analyzed factors ranging from union membership and revenue to state bargaining laws to campaign contributions. Its metrics included: a unique stakeholder survey and the alignment between specific state policies and traditional union interests. 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.