Workers’ Rights

Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act
Labor Department

We demand fair pay and better working environments

Educators’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions.

Checked box
All public education employees deserve the right to negotiate a fair contract.
Checked box
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.
Checked box
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.
Checked box
Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions, so by addressing school and classroom issues, everyone gains.
Checked box
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.
Checked box
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.

Take Action!

Support strong public schools by taking these actions today.

Bills in Congress

A bill to reduce barriers to union organizing in the private sector.

A bill to provide grants to increase teachers’ capacity to work with families to develop and support their children’s social and emotional skills and mindsets.

A bill to help end homelessness and assist low-income families in finding housing.


Read, download and share these resources relating to Workers’ Rights.

Related Headlines