To establish specific procedures by which a state or local affiliate may terminate its affiliation with the National Education Association.

Bylaw 8. Affiliates and Special Interest Groups
New Bylaw 8-21. Disaffiliation
a. A state or local affiliate may only terminate its affiliation with the National Education Association, and any other NEA affiliate, if two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting in a mail ballot election of the full membership conducted by the American Arbitration Association, or a comparable independent third-party election services provider approved in advance by NEA, or in an in-person election at each work site if required by the relevant state affiliate’s governing documents or policy and agreed to by NEA, vote in favor of disaffiliation. No such disaffiliation election shall be conducted or effective without first (i) providing at least 60 days’ written notice to the membership, to NEA, and to any other NEA-affiliated entity that would be affected by the proposed disaffiliation, of the mail ballot election and the basis for the proposed disaffiliation; (ii) providing at least 30 days’ written notice to the membership, and to NEA and any other NEA affiliated association, of a general membership meeting to be scheduled at an accessible place and time immediately before disaffiliation ballots are mailed out; (iii) holding that membership meeting in a manner that allows ample opportunity for discussion and debate over the affiliation issue; and (iv) allowing at least one representative of NEA and one representative of any other NEA-affiliated entity that would be affected by the proposed disaffiliation to address the membership at that membership meeting.


b. If a local affiliate terminates its affiliation with the National Education Association, the name of the local affiliate, if it includes NEA or the phrase “education association” or “association of educators”, as well as any other assets of the affiliate provided or funded by the state affiliate or National Education Association, shall revert to and become the property of the state affiliate. If a state affiliate terminates its affiliation with the National Education Association, the name of the affiliate, if it includes NEA or the phrase “education association” or “association of educators”, as well as any other assets of the affiliate provided or funded by the National Education Association, shall revert to and become property of NEA.

Impact Statement

The NEA Constitution and the NEA Bylaws currently have no provisions addressing the process by which a state or local affiliate may disaffiliate from the National Education Association. If adopted, the amendment would establish standard procedures that must be followed to disaffiliate.

Specifically, an affiliate could only disaffiliate if two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting in a mail ballot election of the full membership, or in an in-person election at each work site in certain circumstances, approve of the disaffiliation. At least 60 days prior to any such vote, an affiliate would have to provide written notice of the proposed disaffiliation and its basis, and the date of the disaffiliation vote, to the membership, to NEA, and to other NEA-affiliated entity impacted by the proposed disaffiliation. In addition, the affiliate would have to have a general membership meeting immediately prior to distributing the disaffiliation ballots, at which at least one representative of NEA and one representative of any other NEA-affiliated entity that would be affected by the proposed disaffiliation could address the membership, and at which the membership would have ample opportunity to discuss and debate the disaffiliation. The affiliate would need to provide 30 days advance notice to the membership and NEA of the date and location of the general membership meeting.

Finally, the proposed Bylaw provides that in the event of any disaffiliation, the name of the local affiliate, if it includes “NEA,” “education association,” or “association of educators” would revert to and become the property of the state affiliate, along with any assets of the affiliate provided or funded by the state affiliate or NEA. Similar provisions would apply to any state affiliate choosing to disaffiliate from NEA.

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Robert Rodriguez - CA