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10 Ways NEA Supports Members

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Become part of a 3.1 million member organization working on behalf of our nation's students and educators.

  1. teacher holding bullhornA voice at the table – There’s power in numbers. Joining the association gives you greater influence over the decisions that affect your classroom and career. Whether you advocate for changes in your school; speak at school board meetings; advocate for increased school funding at the state and local level; or lobby your state legislators and city/county board members; your local will support you.
  2. Increased pay and benefits – As part of your local association, you can fight for professional pay, health care, and retirement security so a career in education is a viable profession.chalkboard with dollar sign
  3. Improved professional practice – Your local association helps you in advocate for access to high-quality professional development and increased collaboration time so you can improve your practice. Your association (and that means you and your co-workers!) can work with the school district to develop mentoring and other support from more experienced colleagues.
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  5. Nation-wide community of educators – When you are a member of your local association, you are also a member of your state affiliate and the national NEA. The association is your way to connect with likeminded colleagues across the district, state, and nation who are working to better students’ lives.
  6. Improved working and student learning conditions at your worksite – Local associations empower educators to advocate for smaller class size, less standardized testing, input into curriculum, and safe buildings, just to name a few. These working conditions mean a better learning environment for your students.
  7. Positive change in your workplace – The association can work with the administration as a partner and collaborate with the PTA and other community organizations to resolve issues in your school. As an educator who works with the children, you can work with the administration to solve problems together.
  8. Enhanced rights – A collective bargaining agreement is an enforceable legal document that protects your rights. It contains a formal procedure for advancing grievances with support of an expert (UniServ staff). Even if your state doesn’t allow collective bargaining agreements, your association will be there for you to offer guidance, advice and, if necessary, legal representation.
  9. Commitment to Social Justice – As a member of the association, you join forces with fellow educators to make a difference in the social justice issues that matter most to you. The association works to achieve equity in schools and can provide training to members to develop new strategies.
  10. Liability insurance - Because the liability potential can be so serious (and your employer doesn’t always have your back) for individuals employed by schools and other educational units, NEA provides all eligible association members with professional liability insurance through the NEA Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program.
  11. NEA Member Benefits – Improve your buying power and save money with NEA’s Member Benefits program that offers extensive benefits and discounts.
Whether you are a public school teacher, faculty member, education support professional, retired educator, or a student preparing to become a teacher, NEA and its state and local affiliates have a place for you in our 3.2 million member organization

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