(June 2008) The National Education Association (NEA), the largest government-sector labor union in the United States, lost members in Arkansas in 2007, records show.

There were 16,528 Arkansas NEA members as of Dec. 31, 2007 according to a document posted by the union. The number represents a decline of 221 members, or 1.32 percent. The full document can be viewed at: http://www.nea.org/handbook/images/membership.pdf.

The following states and jurisdictions, including Arkansas recorded membership declines in the period.

Other             -11.82%

Federal   -3.58%

West Virginia   -2.68%

North Dakota   -2.11%

Louisiana   -2.08%

South Carolina  -1.71%

Mississippi   -1.63%

Arkansas   -1.32%

Indiana   -0.49%

Delaware   -0.47%

Rhode Island   -0.42%

Ohio    -0.39%

Virginia   -0.37%

Maine    -0.18%

Utah    -0.17%

Nebraska   -0.14%

Tennessee   -0.13%

Missouri   -0.04%


New York and the District of Columbia recorded the largest percentage membership increases in the period. NEA membership nationwide expanded 14.08 percent in 2007, the document shows.