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Six NEA California Locals Join NEA/AFL-CIO Partnership

Collaboration will strengthen efforts to protect the rights of working families


WASHINGTON - March 07, 2008 -

Six California branches of the National Education Association this week embarked on a special relationship with the AFL-CIO through a ground-breaking affiliation agreement to better protect the rights of educators, parents and working families.

The six locals of the California Teachers Association represent some 6,000 educators and public school employees. The announcement brings to 10 the number of NEA locals that have now affiliated with the AFL-CIO as part of the landmark 2006 Labor Solidarity Partnership Agreement between the national NEA and AFL-CIO, which represent 3.2 million members and 10.5 million members, respectively. The agreement allows NEA locals to affiliate with the AFL-CIO and to participate in AFL-CIO central labor councils.

The associations are Hartnell College Faculty Association in Salinas, Hayward Education Association, Oakland Education Association, San Leandro Teachers Association, Fremont Unified District Teachers Association, and Eastside Teachers Association in Los Angeles. They join Beloit (Wisconsin) Education Association, the Rialto (California) Education Association, the Seattle (Washington) Education Association, and the University of the District of Columbia Faculty Association, which became members last year.

The following can be attributed to NEA President Reg Weaver:

“We’re pleased that working families are coming together to defend the right of every child to attend a quality public school. Opponents of public education are not letting up in their attacks, with school vouchers schemes and resource cuts. We need to work together, building coalitions and fighting back with a unified voice.

“The benefits of this partnership extend far beyond the lives of the members involved. Not only will affiliation facilitate efforts on health care, retirement security and workers’ rights, but together we can make sure educators have the tools, resources and respect they need to teach our nation’s children.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

Contact: Will Potter  (202) 822-7823