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Member Organizers Grow their Unions

Growing membership is essential to having a strong union.
Published: 12/10/2021

Thanks to a grant from the National Education Association, local associations have been able to hire member organizers to help recruit and retain members in their locals. From June to November 2021, these member organizers have attended NEA organizing trainings, monthly AEA meetings, planned site leaders and site leader trainings, planned welcome back to school events to for new educators, and held one-on-one conversations with new and potential members. As of the end of October 2021, these member organizers have recruited nearly 700 new members to their union, building their local voice and power. 

Thank you to these member organizers and the great union organizing work they have done in 2021!


Casa Grande Elementary

Dianna Avalos and Tracy Nichols


Chandler EA

Linda Thomas


Chino Valley

Heather Roche


Deer Valley EA

Alison Oswald-Keene


Flagstaff EA

Michelle De LaRosa John


Florence EA 

Jodi Hekter


Fountain Hills EA

TJ Buckley


Glendale Elementary EA

Megan McCave


Higley EA

Jessica D’Ambrosio


Humboldt EA

Allison McElwee


Madison DCTA

Cesar Mitchell


Mesa EA

Davina Lyons, John Warner, and Stephanie Wong


Paradise Valley EA

Mary McKay


Phoenix Elementary CTA

Marnee Burrus


Prescott EA

Hilary Cannizzaro


Roosevelt EA

Cathy Gomez 


Scottsdale EA

Larissa Beckstead, Barbara Bollhoffer, and Christine Hain


Sierra Vista UEA

Juana Taite


Tempe Elementary EA

Emma Gregston


Tolleson Union EA

Melissa Grimsheid


Tucson EA

Audrey Cunneely

Wilson CTA

Aly Heusch and Kayla Yerk

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