How The OEA And Affiliates Spend Money

In Oregon Revised Statutes 243.650 to 243.782, the state legislature granted private organizations the ability to secure a monopoly franchise to provide workplace representation services for school district employees. The Oregon Education Association (OEA) garnered nearly all school districts roughly fifty years ago.

Over the years, teachers unions have changed from professional organizations to voluntary unions, and then to forced-fee unions. In the meantime, key consumer protections have not been included in the laws governing the union enterprise. Currently, OEA and affiliated unions typically charge more than $900 for their services. They have taken on a range of roles and financial ventures which are far afield from the core employee assistance which they use to justify the fee.

Union members have no legal right to see the financial records of the union, and Oregon state laws do not require any public disclosure which might help union members evaluate the merits of the union expenditures. Federal laws require minimal disclosure for state-authorized public sector unions. Some of the political activities are disclosed as well. However, nonmembers – those who pay only an agency fee – do have a legal right to see the financial details of union expenditures.

A "Hudson Packet" is the report that the unions must disclose to those nonmembers. It contains the calculation of how much of the unions' dues/fees the union claims is used for legitimate workplace representation and how much it admits is used for refundable extraneous purposes.

Listed below are resources, and a list of highlighted expenditures, that show some of the ways in which the OEA and affiliates spend their members' dues money:

Oregon Education Association

  • Oregon Secretary of State's database on campaign finance is available here.

National Education Association

OEA and NEA Highlighted Expenditures

OEA

Reported Expenditures

Year Union Recipient/Cause Notes Amount Source
2016 OEA-PIE Kate Brown Committee   $50,000 ORESTAR
2016 OEA Committee to Elect Brad Avakian   $30,000 ORESTAR
2016 OEA Roberta for Oregon   $7,768.44 ORESTAR
2015 OEA Defend Oregon    $700,000

2015 990

2015 OEA Our Oregon     $340,000

2015 990

2014 OEA Our Oregon     $300,000

2014 990

2014 OEA Basic Rights Education     $10,000

2014 990

2014 OEA Defend Oregon   $700,000 ORESTAR
2014 OEA Committee to Elect Brad Avakian   $10,000 ORESTAR
2012 OEA Defend Oregon   $496,000 ORESTAR
2012 OEA-PIE Kate Brown Committee   $25,000 ORESTAR
2012 OEA Committee to Elect Brad Avakian   $24,000 ORESTAR
2010 OEA Defend Oregon   $50,000 ORESTAR
2009 OEA Defend Oregon - Tax Fairness Defend Oregon $301,000 ORESTAR
2008 OEA-PIE Kate Brown Committee   $135,000 ORESTAR
2008 OEA Defend Oregon   $229,871.80 ORESTAR
2007 OEA Defend Oregon Coalition Defend Oregon $3,471.96 ORESTAR
2006 OEA Defend Oregon Coalition Defend Oregon $30,000 ORESTAR

NEA

Reported Expenditures

Year Union Recipient/Cause Notes Amount Source
2015 NEA America Votes   $355,000 LM-2
2015 NEA Defend Oregon   $500,000 LM-2
2015 NEA Progress Now   $225,000 LM-2
2015 NEA Center for American Progress   $255,000 LM-2
2015 NEA National Center for Transgender Equality   $12,000 LM-2
2015 NEA National Women's Law Center   $10,000 LM-2
2015 NEA People for the American Way   $125,000

LM-2

2016 NEA ProgressNow   $150,000 LM-2
2016 NEA Net Roots   $25,000 LM-2
2016 NEA MoveOn.org   $5,000 LM-2
2016 NEA Main Street Advocacy Group   $250,000 LM-2
2015 NEA America Votes   $110,000 2015 990
2015 NEA Americans United for Change   $50,000 2015 990 
2015 NEA Gay Lesbian and Straight Ed Network   $15,000 2015 990 
2014 NEA Progressive States Network   $113,300 2015 990
2014 NEA National Center for Transgender Equality   $12,000 2014 990
2014 NEA Gay Lesbian and Straight Ed Network   $15,000

2014 990

2014 NEA American Bridge 21st Century   $150,000 LM-2
2014 NEA America Votes   $534,500 LM-2
2014 NEA Campaign for America's Future   $30,000 LM-2
2014 NEA NEA Advocacy Fund   $9,834,365 LM-2
1998 NEA NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund   $1,000 - $2,499 NOW