Together, we can achieve better Educator Pay & Benefits
Collective bargaining gives educators a voice. NEA members negotiate for more than their economic security—they also advocate for increased funding and the resources and opportunities their students need.
The “Bargaining for the Common Good” approach leverages collective power in new ways to build strong partnerships with parents, students, and other community stakeholders. By coming together around common values, we can bring in more public resources, reduce class size, increase student learning time, reduce unnecessary testing, and gain affordable health care for children and their families.
Collective Bargaining: What it is and How it Works
The Benefits of Collective Bargaining
Advocating for Students
What is "Bargaining for the Common Good?"
Being able to bargain collectively makes it a more personal, local experience whenever you're talking about contracts. We can speak to our members, see what the needs are, and advocate for those specific things.
The Educator Pay Gap
Educators make 81 cents on the dollar compared to their professionals with similar experience and credentials. To make matters worse, this educator pay gap is growing, forcing many out of the profession and creating a teacher shortage crisis that threatens our students and communities.
Educator Pay Facts
Run a Successful Campaign for Better Pay
The Educator Pay Gap, Explained
Pensions provide a secure and dignified retirement for millions of working people.
Why are Pensions Better Than 401(k)s?
Are Pensions Causing our Teacher Shortage?
Retirement Security Challenges
Responsible Pension Investment
The importance of pensions
NEA and our Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Department (CBMA) team works closely with state and local affiliates to secure quality, affordable, comprehensive health coverage. We offer expertise to affiliates working in both bargaining and non-bargaining contexts.
- Tactical and strategic advice on health benefits and health policy issues,
- Assistance with bargaining proposals and initiatives in labor-management health care committees,
- Making sense of your health insurance options.