The California Teachers Association is Losing Members

The California Teachers Association has seen better days. The group says its membership has declined by 15,000 — an unwelcome development for the largest state-level teachers’ union in the nation.

One might be inclined to blame last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME which held that government workers cannot be forced to join a union or be compelled to pay for the costs of collective bargaining. But that doesn’t appear to be the case. Janus sparked recruitment drives that actually increased membership for a time, and other unions nationwide appear to be going strong.

Instead, writes EdSource’s Louis Freedberg, “the decline appears to be largely the result of the ‘disaffiliation’ this past spring of the California Faculty Association from the CTA. The association represents faculty and other staff at the California State University system and had been affiliated with the CTA for decades and thus were automatically CTA members.” 

Read more about the CTA’s declining membership and what it may mean here.


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