On top of the list, as expected, is the California Teachers Association (CTA), of which our own SOCCCD Faculty Association is a chapter. (“Of the 15 identified groups, six are corporations, three are Indian tribes, two are labor unions and four are business associations.” P. 4)
CTA spent nearly twice the amount of the second biggest spender on the list, the California State Council of Service Employees (a close third: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America).
As you know, teachers unions are widely viewed as the greatest obstacles to education reform in the nation’s K-12 systems. It seems to me that anger toward such organizations as CTA is growing among the electorate.
California Community College Locals and Contracts -- Shows all CTA (NEA) affiliates, CFT (AFT) affiliates, and affiliates of the CCI (The California Community College Independents) among California community colleges.
California Teachers Association (CTA) an affiliate of the NEA
Community College Association -- (CCA) The community college division of the CTA (NEA)
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) an affiliate of the AFT
Community College Council -- (CCC) The community college division of the CFT (AFT)
California Community College Independents (CCCI)
44 CCA/CTA/NEA chapters
12 CCCI/Independent chapters
(Note: five chapters are for part-timers only)
My own view (still forming, actually) is that, for both principled and practical reasons, we should separate from the CTA.
CFT (and AFT) is probably less problematic (than CCA/CTA/NEA).
But there's a problem: it appears that the (CTA's) CCA and the (CFT's) CCC are merging, something that's been in the works for some time:
Merger talks between CCA and CCC progress (CTA publication)
What about CCCI? As you can see above, CCCI comprises about a dozen chapters among California community colleges.