All public education employees deserve the right to negotiate a fair contract.
America’s labor unions have led the fight for working families, winning protections such as the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week, overtime rights, and access to health care and retirement security.
NEA supports efforts to strengthen the National Labor Relations Act, first passed in 1935, which guarantees the right of private sector employees to organize and collectively bargain.
Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions, so by addressing school and classroom issues, everyone gains.
Unions routinely negotiate provisions to improve student learning — for example, setting limits on class size, specifying time for teachers to share effective classroom practices, addressing school building health and safety issues, and more.
Bargaining ensures that career education employees have a respected voice in the workplace and are involved in both identifying and solving school and classroom issues, which in turn promotes student learning.