Our national affiliate, the National Education Association, and other labor unions have led the fight for better working conditions, including the 8-hour workday, overtime rights, and access to health care and retirement security. AEA advocates for policies at the state legislature and school board rooms that ensure public school employees are treated fairly and with respect.
Educators’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions; good working conditions for educators promote student learning and engagement.
When educators come together to negotiate a fair contract with their employers, they can set limits on class size and address health and safety issues. They can pave the way for community schools and play a role in identifying and solving problems.