Board Report for December 2009



Columbia Sussex Hotels Boycott
Recommended that NEA boycott only three Columbia Sussex hotels:  The Hilton Anchorage, Hilton Crystal City-National Airport and Sheraton Baltimore-City Center.  The motion to boycott, requested by NEA-Alaska, arose out of concern over a long-standing labor dispute between the Hilton Anchorage Hotel and its employees.  Unite Here is the union that represents these workers.  Unite Here focuses on individual properties and has not boycotted hotel owners or hotel brands.

Priority Schools Campaign
Recommended $500,000 be allocated to NEA Human and Civil Rights to support Priority Schools Campaign with state affiliates and locals.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Recommended that $200,000 per year for five years, totaling $1,000,000, be allocated in support of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate based in Massachusetts.

Oregon Ballot Measure Request
Recommended that $550,000 be allocated to fund Oregon Education Assn. efforts on two tax fairness measures.

NEA/AFL-CIO Labor Partnership
Recommended an extension of the current agreement through June 30, 2010.

The Executive Committee also took actions on Legal Services, Staff Compensation, Exec. Director Compensation, Membership Strategy, and other items.

The Executive Committee also approved filing a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of the en banc decision of the 6th Circuit of Appeals in the Pontiac v. Sec. of Education case (federal funding of NCLB).


  • Received updates from the NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, Vice President Lily Eskelsen Secretary Treasurer Becky Pringle and Executive Director John Wilson.
  • Received updates from NEA staff in Campaigns and Elections, Public Relations, Constituent Relations, and ESP Quality.
  • Approved motion to conduct boycott of three Columbia Sussex hotels.
  • Approved motion to approve Priority Schools Campaign funding ($500,000).
  • Approved motion to approve funds for Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate ($1 million).  (Illinois Directors voting No.)
  • Approved Oregon Ballot Measures funding request ($550,000).
  • Approved extension of the NEA/AFL-CIO Partnership Agreement through June 30, 2010.
  • The Board continued discussions and work session on the issues of possible multiple-tiered NEA dues, the Constitutional limit of 150 state directors on the board, and the NEA Code of Ethics.


  • Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D. spoke to the Board on technology and education. Visit his website at:
  • The Board held its annual Hispanic Observance, which included an address by PBS News Hour Journalist Ray Suarez.
  • The Robert H. Chanin Auditorium was dedicated to the service of retiring NEA General Council Bob Chanin.


  • Health Care Reform in Congress—Moving to Conference Committee Action
  • Race to the Top—U.S. Dept. of Education, ISBE Finalizing Illinois Application
  • ARRA and State Education Budgets
  • ESEA (No Child Left Behind) Reauthorization
  • WEP-GPO Social Security Legislation

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