Although each of NJEA’s 900+ local associations can be very different, all have a basic structure. You have a place within this structure, giving you a voice. Learn more by downloading our handout, Understanding Your Local Association.
Where do you fit?
You are part of a 200,000 member organization that makes an important difference in the lives of 1.35 million students every single day. It’s your organization. How do you want to get involved? Download the handout above, Where Do You Fit?
One of the biggest responsibilities your local association includes collectively bargaining your terms and conditions of employment (which take the form of your contract) every two to five years with your school district’s Board of Education. Your local association seeks to enhance employee quality, your working conditions (which are students’ learning conditions), instructional issues (such as school hours), and members’ salaries and benefits. In just about all cases, NJEA assists your local association the negotiations process.
Collective bargaining gives educators a voice in their workplace. It not only helps assure fair wages and benefits but also can improve teaching and learning conditions. That means everyone connected to the school—students, teachers, education support professionals, administrators, and taxpayers—benefits.
Learn more about the importance of collective bargaining in the NEA article bargaining benefits everyone.