Teachers Unions and the Democratic Party

Students poorly prepared for college, failing schools especially in poor and urban areas, fighting uniform testing and performance measures, opposition to charter schools, opposition to reformers efforts …

Does any of this sound familiar? What’s wrong⁉️

Do you know of one Democratic politician who has opposed any teachers union or supported significant efforts at reform? 

In many states, the total compensation packages, including non-cash benefits for teachers, far exceed the average compensation of taxpayers while contributing significantly to the states fiscal problems.

This is not a condemnation of individual teachers, but of union leaders (and their allied politicians) seeking power and control and a steady stream of dues income and because of that blocking meaningful, measurable education reform. The head of the AFT earns $500,000 a year +- The head of the NEA is in the same ballpark. 

[The BLS reports the median annual salary for high school teachers was $56,310 in 2014. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $88,910, while the bottom 10 percent made $37,540. Compensation is typically based on your years of experience and educational level.]. 

How many other jobs do you know of where pay increases automatically almost entirely based on education level and years on the job? Why can’t we develop a fair way to evaluate teacher performance results and act on those results positive and negative? 

Led by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, teachers unions contributed a total of about $19.2 million in the 2012 elections. The NEA, which is more than 150 years old and advocates for teachers on a number of issues, contributed more than $14.7 million in 2012.

Since 1989, it has been the fourth biggest donor out of all organizations tracked by CRP. AFT is another heavy-hitter, having given $4.4 million in 2012 that went to Democrats or liberal groups.

Top Contributors, 2015-2016

Contributor / Amount 

National Education Assn  $19,998,053

American Federation of Teachers  $11,824,783

California School Employees Assn  $121,917

Mea-Mft  $16,849

Ohio Assn of Public School Employees  $6,400 Contributions

All of the contributions went to Democrats and Liberal Groups

Source: Teachers Unions | OpenSecrets


  1. median annual salary for high school teachers was $56,310 in 2014
    Who works for the median salary. When you open up the union contract book you look at the top pay only. When you use the median salary your using smoke and mirrors.


  2. In New Jersey, there are a lot of problems involving education and teachers. Some are the government’s fault like not contributing to the pension. The dumbing down of test standards. Getting rid of vocational instruction. Teacher’s salaries that start too low to pay back student loans and then salaries that go too high because they survived the classroom. Teacher evaluations seem to be based on which parent scream’s the loudest without any facts. Then there is the economic and social problems that affect students ability to learn. Each one of these things could have their own postings and there is no one size fits all solution.

    But you are 100% right, the teacher union leadership’s greed and stonewalling against change and the democratic politicians buying teacher’s votes and campaign funding have done nothing to help the students or school reform.

    It reminds me of another topic, social security. Who was that famous lobbyist that said “Don’t Give Up the Vote” and here is another $1,000? Can’t remember if they were from the NEA or the AARP.


    1. One thing. While multiple administrations in NJ have not adequately funded the state pensions, that’s not the real problem. The problem is that state pensions are so generous with liberal provisions they are not affordable. Their cost as a percentage of payroll is double that of a typical employer plan. I know, I sat on three governors commissions evaluating NJ benefit programs.


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