Union Information

In Michigan, after 4 years, public school teachers receive what's commonly called "tenure," a special employment protection that teachers unions defend. As the below federal statistics indicate, teachers with just a couple years of experience are practically impossible to fire.

Experienced teacher firing rate
Probationary teacher firing rate
private school teacher firing rate (national)
Source: Data obtained from the Students and Staffing Survey

Statewide Unions

NEA Union

Michigan Education Association
Total Revenue: $78,138,236

AFT Union

AFT Michigan
Total Revenue: $4,138,747

Largest Non-Statewide Unions

Union Name / District Affiliation Total Revenue
Detroit Federation of Teachers
Detroit Public Schools
AFT   $6,105,573

Other Unions

Name City Total Revenue Tax Period
Michigan education association East lansing $78,138,236 2008
American federation of teachers Detroit $6,105,573 2008
American federation of teachers Detroit $4,138,747 2008
Utica education association Sterling heights $1,429,797 2008
Livonia education association Plymouth $1,014,233 2008
Lansing schools education assn inc East lansing $961,182 2008
Plymouth canton education association Plymouth $897,158 2008
Walled lake education association michigan ea national ea Farmington hills $823,947 2008
Kalamazoo education association kcea-mea-nea Kalamazoo $781,038 2008
Chippewa valley education association Grosse pointe $767,870 2007
Source: Data obtained from the Internal Revenue Service's Master Data File 2008-2009.

Teacher Contracts

Name District Occupation  
Grand Rapids Education Association Grand rapids public schools Teachers PDF of Grand Rapids Education Association Contract
Source: Public Records Requests conducted by the Center for Union Facts.

Party Contribution Percentages