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Legal & Employment Guidance

Get to Know Your Union Contract

Here are key provisions that educators ask about the most.
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Published: July 6, 2022

As a union, we work together to fight for great public schools for every student, regardless of zip code.

By using our collective voice and the power of bargaining, we win higher wages, improved benefits, and better working conditions so that our members can focus on supporting students, instead of worrying about paying bills or confronting soaring medical costs.

Your union also negotiates for better teaching and learning conditions so that everyone connected to the school—students and parents as well as all educators—benefits. 

What is Collective Bargaining?

Collective bargaining is a process in which your association and your employer exchange ideas, mutually solve problems, and reach a written agreement—the collective bargaining agreement (often referred to as the “contract” or “CBA”). Read your contract, become familiar with it, and then seek out your association/building representative, local president, or UniServ representative if you have any questions. Attend your local association meetings so you can learn more about your rights and how your association can help you—both in and out of the classroom. 

Here are key provisions that new educators ask about the most…

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.