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NEA Convention Briefs 
New Business Item (NBI) 3 would reduce defense budget in favor of more social programs. As originally submitted, this NBI called on the NEA to "have as a key legislative priority the reduction of the United States military budget and the increase in spending on social needs, particularly education. NEA and, when possible, state and local affiliates shall work with other labor, community, religious, and advocacy organizations to further the goal of changing priorities within the national budget." The version adopted by convention delegates deleted the language specifically targeting the military budget and refers instead to the "national budget."

NBI 31 calls on the NEA to join with other organizations to help the Iraqis build trade unions. This NBI exhorts NEA to assist the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions through the Education International to develop programs and mobilize resources to help Iraqi workers, especially education workers.

Education Intelligence Agency (EIA) reports loss of members among NEA affiliates again in 2002-03. Twenty-four NEA state affiliates lost members in 2001-02, and according to EIA, at least that many lost members this year.

New NEA caucus will work "to save the air." Concerned about the hazards of indoor air as well as outdoor air, NEA watchdogs will monitor the air inside school buildings for chemicals, adhesives and other materials used in school furnishings. These "mold detectives" will "raise awareness about indoor air quality (IAQ) and address mold, asbestos, and renovation problems so students and staff can breathe easier." The caucus will also address other health issues, such as nutrition and stress.

August 2003 Education Reporter
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