Illinois teachers saw union dues flow to Chicago groups, politics and Madigan

By Mailee Smith
Government worker unions can use their members' dues in any number of ways. The most recent federal filings of one of Illinois' largest teachers unions reveal millions of dollars directed disproportionately to Chicago and to political causes with which their members may disagree.

TAGS: AFT: American Federation of Teachers, CTU: Chicago Teachers Union, dues, IFT: Illinois Federation of Teachers

Government union power cracking as support wanes

By Paul Kersey
While teachers unions hold tremendous power, cracks are starting to appear in their foundations.  As Stephanie Simon reports in Politico, both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are dealing with new challenges: declining membership, the growing popularity of Right-to-Work laws and a loss of support among the public. As Simon describes...

TAGS: AFT: American Federation of Teachers, lobbying, NEA, unions