Labor Union

Federal Education Association

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

98-0016008

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(5)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $2,506,746
Expenses: $2,479,893
Assets: $2,412,916

The Federal Education Association (FEA) is a teachers union that represents educators working in Department of Defense elementary and secondary schools. FEA affiliates with the National Education Association (NEA), the larger of the two major American teachers’ unions.

Background

The Federal Education Association is a union that represents teachers, counselors, English as a second language instructors, and other employees in the Department of Defense school system. [1] [2] The FEA is an affiliate organization of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teacher’s union. [3]

The union is based in Washington, D.C., but represents about 6,000 teachers in collective bargaining at military bases in Europe, Asia, the United States and its territories. [4]

Regional Organization

Overseas

Most members of the Federal Education Association generally work for schools supervised under the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DODEA. [5] The FEA was founded in 1956 and was previously known as the Overseas Education Association. A group of U.S. Defense Department educators in Germany founded the union. [6]

Domestic

The Federal Education Association Stateside Region (FEA-SR) was established in 1993 and recognized by the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the federal regulator of federal employee union-management relations, officially recognized it in 1997. It represents 3,000 educators at the Department of Defense Elementary and Secondary Schools system, or DDES, in the United States. Bargaining unit members for FEA-SR include teachers, specialists, nurses, educational psychologists, speech and language pathologists and counselors. [7]

The FEA-SR has 21 locals representing military installations in Alabama, Georgia, Guam, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. These schools educate more than 20,000 military-connected students in the continental United States and Guam. [8]

Leadership

Brian Chance is the president of the Federal Education Association. [9]

Jane Loggins is the director of the FEA Stateside Region. [10]

Advocacy

FEA joined a coalition of 13 unions in 2018 to sue the Trump administration in U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia challenging an executive order the plaintiffs say undermined the rights of federal employees to have union representation. [11]

Lawyers for the FEA represented DODEA teachers in at least 10 cases throughout Europe-based schools that came under suspicion for abuse allegations in 2019. [12]

During the COVID-19 pandemic the FEA urged parents with students in Department of Defense schools to select online learning options for children for the new school year, in alignment with teachers’ unions policy of keeping schools closed indefinitely. [13]

References

  1. Inside FEA. Accessed December 5, 2020. http://www.feaonline.org/inside/ ^
  2. Federal Education Association. American Overseas Schools Historical Society. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://aoshs.org/memorials/kiosk/the-federal-education-association/ ^
  3. Inside FEA. Accessed December 5, 2020. http://www.feaonline.org/inside/ ^
  4. Inside FEA. Accessed December 5, 2020. http://www.feaonline.org/inside/ ^
  5. Doornbos, Caitlin. “Federal Teachers Union Urges Military Parents to Choose DODEA’s Online Learning Option.” Stars and Stripes. July 27, 2020. Accessed December 5, 2020.  https://www.stripes.com/news/us/federal-teachers-union-urges-military-parents-to-choose-dodea-s-online-learning-option-1.638963 ^
  6. Federal Education Association. American Overseas Schools Historical Society. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://aoshs.org/memorials/kiosk/the-federal-education-association/ ^
  7. Federal Education Association Stateside Region. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://fea-stateside.org/ ^
  8. Federal Education Association Stateside Region. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://fea-stateside.org/ ^
  9. Jowers, Karen. “Teachers’ Unions Push Back on DoD Plan to Reopen Schools in the Buildings.” Military Times. July 21, 2020. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2020/07/21/teachers-unions-push-back-on-dod-plan-to-reopen-schools-in-the-buildings/ ^
  10. Jowers, Karen. “Teachers’ Unions Push Back on DoD Plan to Reopen Schools in the Buildings.” Military Times. July 21, 2020. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2020/07/21/teachers-unions-push-back-on-dod-plan-to-reopen-schools-in-the-buildings/ ^
  11. Press Release. “NEA and Federal Education Association Joint Statement on #RedForFeds Day of Action.” National Education Association. July 25, 2018. Accessed December 5, 2020. http://www.useaut.org/home/73825.htm ^
  12. Svan, Jennifer. “When DODEA Investigates its Teachers for Bullying, Parents Say They’re Left n the Dark.” Stars and Stripes. June 23, 2019. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/when-dodea-investigates-its-teachers-for-bullying-parents-say-they-re-left-in-the-dark-1.587229 ^
  13. Doornbos, Caitlin. “Federal Teachers Union Urges Military Parents to Choose DODEA’s Online Learning Option.” Stars and Stripes. July 27, 2020. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/federal-teachers-union-urges-military-parents-to-choose-dodea-s-online-learning-option-1.638963 ^

Coalition Memberships

  1. Federal Workers Alliance
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: August - July
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1978

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Aug Form 990 $2,506,746 $2,479,893 $2,412,916 $214,159 N $245,612 $2,256,367 $174 $59,643
    2016 Aug Form 990 $2,497,074 $2,362,051 $2,417,890 $245,986 N $248,600 $2,225,672 $173 $60,762
    2015 Aug Form 990 $2,518,457 $2,401,606 $2,230,198 $193,317 N $297,811 $2,220,463 $183 $62,638 PDF
    2014 Aug Form 990 $2,626,982 $2,496,965 $2,144,975 $224,945 N $238,534 $2,355,980 $300 $55,921 PDF
    2013 Aug Form 990 $2,661,356 $2,519,321 $2,012,339 $222,326 N $2,658,639 $0 $2,717 $91,959 PDF
    2012 Aug Form 990 $2,719,282 $2,620,421 $1,867,702 $166,418 N $2,714,298 $4,984 $0 $90,072 PDF
    2011 Aug Form 990 $2,557,451 $2,509,889 $1,730,286 $127,863 N $2,550,415 $0 $7,036 $87,928 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Federal Education Association

    1201 16TH ST NW
    WASHINGTON, DC 20036-3201