How Do CEAI’s Membership Fees Compare to NEA/State/Local Union Dues

There is a significant difference in the cost of being a member of the labor union of the NEA and its affiliates and being a member of CEAI.   The differences in cost are shown below along with the primary reasons for the differences.

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 NEA & Affiliates

$99 to $239 $500 to over $1,000

For profit with hundreds of union staff salaries averaging over $100,000

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No member fees used for political causes 

Use of funds for political gain

Read NEA First In Political Donations (PDF)

 No member fees used for donations

Significant donations made to liberal organizations such as ACORN, Planned Parenthood and People for theAmerican Way.

Read NEA 2007-08 Contributor List (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

If I do not join my local union who will negotiate for me?

Your local union represents both members and non-members; they continue to negotiate for you.

Does the NEA's Liberal, Political Stance Represent You?

Throughout the 1900s up to the present time, NEA positions have promoted social change from a liberal stance.  Beginning in the 1960s, NEA began a progression of increased political activity.  Government reports today show NEA as one of the top contributors to political campaigns and initiatives across America.

Power, Not Children: For over 40 years, Robert Chanin was General Counsel for the NEA and represented the NEA’s beliefs and agendas in many court cases, even at the Supreme Court level.  His views reflect the NEA’s views. In the 2009 NEA Representative Assembly, Mr. Chanin remarked in his retirement address about the NEA’s liberal stance:

“And that brings me to my final and most important-point, which is why, at least in my opinion, NEA and its affiliates are such effective advocates. NEA is effective due to its power, not because of caring about children. Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas.  It is not because of the merit of our positions.  It is not because we care about children. And it is not because we have a vision of a “great public school for every child.”

NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”

Download NEA Robert Chanin Speaks On Power (PDF)

Denigrating Conservatism:In the same address to members, Mr. Chanin states his thoughts on conservative organizations that many Christians hold in high regard:

“During the Bush administration, for example, NEA was audited by the Internal Revenue Service, repeatedly.   It was investigated by the Department of Labor.  And it was called a “terrorist organization” by the Secretary of Education.

Now that the Bush administration is history, that type of governmental harassment will stop, but attacks by conservative and right-wing groups will continue unabated.  The Landmark Legal Foundation will continue to file charges alleging that we have violated election campaign law.  The Right to Work Committee NEA’s liberal agenda is constantly being challenged by respected conservative and Christian organizationswill continue to file lawsuits accusing us of misusing agency fees.  The Heritage Foundation will continue to contend that we are guilty of financial malpractice.  And other opponents will continue to argue that paycheck protection statutes and ballot initiatives are necessary to protect Association members from unscrupulous union bosses who are seeking to coerce them into paying for political activities that they do not want to support – when, in fact, the supporters of paycheck protection don’t give a rat’s ass about the rights of Association members.

And just in case any of you may not have noticed, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Forbes magazine-they don’t like US very much either.

Why, you may ask, is this so?  Why are these conservative and right-wing bastards picking on NEA and its affiliates?  I will tell you why. It is the price we pay for success.  NEA and its affiliates have been singled out because they are the most effective unions in the United States.  And they are the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal, social, and economic agenda that these groups find unacceptable.”

Download NEA Robert Chanin Speaks Against Conservatives (PDF)
Download NEA First In Liberal Donations (PDF)

Re-ordering America: Terry Herndon, former NEA Executive Director, states succinctly the NEA’s ultimate agenda.

“The ultimate goal of the NEA is to tap the legal, political and economic powers of the US Congress.  We want leaders and staff with sufficient clout that they may roam the halls of Congress and collect votes to re-order the priorities of the United States of America.”

This goal is not shared by many conservative Christians

Money in Politics: The NEA is extensively involved in politics to meet its stated goal “to re-order the priorities of the United States of America.”  A primary measure of the NEA’s political focus is its political donations.  Examine for yourself the political donation records from the NEA in 2007-2008:

  • NEA led the nation in political donations in 2008 (NEA gave over $56 million dollars to fund political activities, the largest of any organization in America)
  • NEA’s substantial donations to federal political candidates
  • NEA’s substantial state political donations

Download NEA First In Political Donations (PDF)
Download NEA First In Federal Donations (PDF)
Download NEA First In State Donations (PDF)

Do you approve of your union dues being used in this way?

Over 90% of Donations to One Political Party: The NEA has never endorsed a non-Democrat candidate running for president.  In addition, 93% of political donations are made to Democrat party candidates.  The NEA’s political stance is not representative of previous surveys of NEA members’ political party affiliation.

Download NEA Democratic Party (PDF)

Told How to Vote:The NEA, state and local affiliates, during political elections, attempt to influence member’s voting preference to accomplish the stated liberal agendas.Members do not like being told how to vote

    • If you have been a member of NEA for several years, you may have received these communications from the NEA and state affiliate, attempting to direct your vote.

Members have publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with the organization’s attempting to influence their vote, especially for agendas with which they don’t agree

Will my principal be angry if I leave our union and join CEAI?

the union represents labor against management; educators and support staff are labor while your administrators are management.

What Type of Organization is NEA and Its Affiliates?

Although the NEA stands for National Education Association, the organization is a labor union, the same as Teamsters, Auto Workers, etc. The state affiliates (KEA, TEA, OEA, etc) are also labor unions. These organizations file government reports required of unions and are recognized by the IRS as a labor union.

Does the NEA's Support of Abortion Represent You?

2011 NEA Resolution I-17 states:

“The National Education Association supports family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom1.
The Association urges the government to give high priority to making available all methods of family planning to women and men unable to take advantage of private facilities2.
The Association also urges the implementation of community-operated, school-based family planning clinics3 that will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.”
1)  The term ‘Reproductive Freedom’ is commonly used to represent many methods of controlling birth, including abortion
2)  This statement refers to taxpayer funded abortion
3)  These clinics are commonly referred to, in schools, as family resource centers
If schools were to abide by this NEA resolution, NEA members’ dues support a pro-abortion agendathe guidance provided by schools to pregnant girls would include abortion.  Many state’s legislatures have statutes in place to exclude abortion counseling from their schools, keeping the NEA’s position from being implemented.
In the NEA annual 2009 and 2010 Representative Assembly, an amendment was proposed for the NEA to take a neutral stand on abortion.  In both years, this amendment was not approved.

Does the NEA's Support of the Homosexual Agenda Represent You?

The battles in America on the subject of homosexuality are extensive.  Many organizations have established their policy on this subject and can be broadly classified into two categories.

  1. Support for the homosexual lifestyle.  The NEA belongs to this category.
  2. Support for traditional marriage between one man and one woman.  CEAI supports the Biblical view of traditional marriage

NEA members support, through their dues, the following work on the part of the NEA to promote the homosexual lifestyle in American society and in public schools:

  • 2009 NEA Backs Gay Marriage: In the NEA 2009 Annual Representative Assembly, the NEA puts its stamp of approval on gay marriage.  This approval further promotes the NEA agenda for liberal social change in American society.  In addition to approving gay marriage, NEA works to create federal legislation to legalize gay marriage in all states.
  • 2009 NEA Opposes State Marriage Amendments:  Should any state propose or have on the state ballot a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, the NEA and the state affiliate will oppose such amendment.
  • NEA Supports Homosexual Programs for K-12 Students: The program titled “It’s Elementary” teaches about the equality of homosexuality and heterosexuality, and the appropriateness of teaching about these issues in elementary and secondary schools.  This program is recommended by the NEA for public schools.  Following is the NEA’s endorsement of this program:“Schools cannot be neutral when dealing with issues of human dignity and human rights. I’m not talking about tolerance; I’m talking about acceptance. It’s Elementary is a great resource for parents, teachers and community leaders working to teach respect and responsibility to America’s children.” Bob Chase, past president, NEA
  • Grievous Results for Parents & Students in Schools Where NEA’s Pro-homosexual Agenda Wins
    In Massachusetts, the gay marriage agenda of the NEA was successful.  In 2003 gay marriage was approved by the Massachusetts Supreme Court.  The impact of this legislation in public schools illustrates the danger of the NEA agenda as children are openly taught about the equality of homosexuality with heterosexuality.

Download NEA Supports Gay Marriage (PDF)
Download Effects of Gay Marriage in Schools (PDF)

NEA members’ dues support the NEA’s plan for students to be taught the equality
of homosexuality and heterosexuality in school.

  • NEA Honors Gay Activist:  In 2004, NEA gave a Human and Civil Rights Award to Kevin Jenning, the founder of the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).  GLSEN is the organization that promotes  Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools across America.  Mr. Jennings is currently responsible for the Safe Schools Program under the Obama administration.
  • NEA Approves Drag Queen Caucus:  In the July 2010 NEA Annual Representative Assembly, NEA approved a new caucus to provide input into the NEA’s education and social agenda.  The name of the new caucus is the Drag Queen Caucus, providing further support for the NEA’s homosexual agenda in school.

Download 2004 Human Rights Award (PDF)
Download NEA Drag Queen Caucus (PDF)

What Type of Organization is NEA and Its Affiliates?

Although the NEA stands for National Education Association, the organization is a labor union, the same as Teamsters, Auto Workers, etc. The state affiliates (KEA, TEA, OEA, etc) are also labor unions. These organizations file government reports required of unions and are recognized by the IRS as a labor union.

Do You Support the Methods Used by the NEA?

The NEA has recommended reading for members posted on its web site.

Read NEA Recommended Reading (PDF)

Several books by Saul Alinsky are on the list.  The methods of Saul Alinsky were important to the rise of the NEA as a powerful labor union and were used in the training of NEA leaders.  As stated on the site:

“NEA recommends the following Saul Alinsky books to those members of our Association who are involved in grassroots organizing, especially Association Representatives (ARs) — also known as building reps or shop stewards — and leaders at local affiliates.

Saul Alinsky is widely recognized as the father of, and pre-imminent expert in, grassroots organizing, which is why we recommend that ARs and local leaders become familiar with his theories & materials.”

As a Christian, do you approve of the tactics recommended for NEA leadership?  Would you teach them to your students?

Excerpts from the book:

  • “Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.”
  • “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
  • “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

Click the following link to see other rules of engagement offered in this recommended reading.

Read Excerpts from Rules For Radicals (PDF)

This reading is contradictory to character education training as taught throughout America’s schools

How Can I Resign My Union Membership?

Unions sometimes attempt to impose limitations upon the right of a member to resign. However, a decision of the Supreme Court in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977), a Foundation-supported lawsuit, makes clear that you cannot constitutionally be prevented from resigning from your union at any time. Some states, but not all, also have statutes that guarantee public employees the right to resign.

As a nonmember, you would have a right to object to the amount of the agency fees and obtain a reduction of your compulsory payments so that they do not include the part of dues that is used for purposes other than collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.

The decision to resign is yours alone. In addition to the reduction in your financial obligations to the union, as a nonmember you would not be subject to union rules and discipline. The union would have to continue to represent you fairly and without discrimination in all matters subject to collective bargaining, and you could not be denied any benefits under the labor contract with your employer because of nonmembership.

On the other hand, you would not have the right to vote on ratification of the contract or election of union officers, and there may be benefits provided under the union’s constitution or bylaws that are not available to nonmembers (however, a nonmember cannot be charged a share of the costs of member-only benefits).

If you work in a Right to Work state, or neither state law nor the contract between your employer and the union contains a provision requiring you to join the union or pay union fees, after resigning, you would have no obligations whatsoever to the union. (However, if you have signed a dues deduction authorization, that authorization may contain a limitation on when it can be revoked.)

If you would like to see a sample union resignation letter for a Right to Work state, or where neither state law nor the contract requires you to join the union or pay union fees, click here. You should check your union’s constitution and bylaws to see if it specifies to whom a resignation must be sent.

If you work in a non-Right to Work state and state law or the contract does contain a provision requiring you to join the union or pay union fees, after resigning you would still have to pay union fees (generally called “agency fees” or “fair share fees”).

If you would like to see a sample union resignation/objection letter for a non-Right to Work state where state law or the contract does require you to join the union or pay union fees, click here. You should check with the union to see if it has a policy concerning when and to whom resignation/objections letters should be submitted. For links to union objection policies on the Internet, click here.

Although the sample resignation/objection letter includes the line that says your objection is continuing and permanent, some unions will not honor this and will make you annually renew your objections. The courts have issued inconsistent decisions on this point.

What is Fair Share (also known as an Agency Fee) and Do I Have to Pay It?

Educators in non-Right to Work states who are required to pay union dues or fees of a condition of employment have the right to cut off the portion of their dues used for political and other non-bargaining activities. Educators cannot be required to do more than pay a union fee (typically called an “agency fee”) that equals their share of what the union can prove is its costs of collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.

Visit National Right to Work Foundation for more information.

What If I Have Religious Objections to Joining or Financially Supporting a Union?

In non-Right to Work states, sincere religious objectors may have the right to redirect the entire union fee from the union to a nonunion, nonreligious charity.

To read a copy of “An Employee’s Guide–To Union Dues and Religious Do Nots,” which describes how to obtain as accommodation of an employee’s religious beliefs against joining or financially supporting a labor union, click here. This guide is copyrighted 1996, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.

If you work in a Right to Work state, you have a right not to join and not to financially support unions. If you would like to see a list of the 25 Right to Work States, click here.

Recommended Reading on the NEA

For further review of the historical agendas of NEA and its state affiliates, see the following references:

Power Grab, How the National Education Association is Betraying Our Children, G Gregory Moo, Regnery Publishing

The War Against Hope, How Teacher’s Unions Hurt Children, Hinder Teachers, and Endanger Public Education, Rod Paige (former Secretary of Education), Thomas Nelson publishers

NEA Grab for Power, A Chronology of the National Education Association, Dennis Cuddy, PHD, Hearthstone Publishing

Education Intelligence Agency –  –  collects information on national and state work of the NEA in school districts, politics and other institutions

Teachers Union Facts – – tracks data on the NEA and state affiliates

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc. –

Learn More About CEAI

CEAI is a 57 year old professional association and ministry for Christian educators in public and private schools. 

As a Professional Association, CEAI provides extensive professional benefits to our members, especially our protections:

  • Two million dollar professional liability insurance policy from an insurance trust that is so well respected that over 60 other education associations are a part of the trust (e.g. American Association of Elementary School Principals, American Association of School Administrators)
  • Job Action Protection in the event your school district takes action against you
  • Legal Counsel for situations that may arise where you need legal help to resolve

CEAI follows the Biblical guidelines of working to resolve matters in a God honoring way as a natural starting point in any conflict or concern.  As a result, most matters are resolved in short order.

As a professional association, CEAI also provides excellent resources and advice to help you understand how to live out your professional calling as a missionary in the classroom.  We deliver these to you via:

  • Periodicals
  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Telephone discussions
  • Meetings in your school, church or other settings

CEAI also offers a range of other benefits including:

  • A broad selection of other insurance products
  • Travel programs
  • Discount purchasing programs
  • Creation Museum discounts
  • Direct access to legal and educational consultants

As a Ministry, CEAI helps to build up your faith and the faith of those around you through:

  • Prayer support
  • Guidance on establishing prayer groups in your building
  • Connections withGood News After School Clubs, Moms  In Touch prayer ministry and other parachurch ministries that equip you to be an effective witness for Jesus our Lord in your school or district
  • Radio spots for your local secular or Christian radio station
  • CEAI clubs for nearby colleges and universities, helping to equip new educators before entering the classroom