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Bargaining & Educator Voice

Bargaining & Educator Voice

Collective bargaining and advocacy ensures that we enhance student learning and improve educator working conditions–benefiting our students, schools, and the community as a whole.
Collective bargaining and advocacy enable all stakeholders to work together so that students, educators, and the community benefits. It also gives Association members a genuine voice in their workplace, helping to ensure educator rights, fair compensation and benefits, retirement security, and enhanced, safe conditions for student learning.
Students, and student-centered issues, are at the heart of our bargaining, organizing, lobbying, and engagement efforts. This type of advocacy is about taking charge and implementing educator-led solutions that work for our students and their schools. It involves leveraging collective power in new ways to raise the voice and vision of educators and build stronger partnerships with parents, students, elected officials, and other community stakeholders that share common values.

Bargaining for the Common Good

Collective bargaining is the strongest and most empowering way to give educators a voice in advocating for great public education for every student.

Capitol Visits

AEA organizes lobbying days at the Arizona Capitol every year to help educators tell their stories to their elected officials.

Take Action

Your voice matters. Contact lawmakers on legislation and issues that impact you and your students.

Request to Speak Program

The Arizona Legislative Information Service (ALIS) "Request to Speak" program (RTS) is designed to allow the public to register an opinion on bills listed on agendas and to request to speak on a bill in a committee.
R. Scott Harnish, Kyrene Education Association member
Belonging to the association is important because it is the viable connection between the past, present and future. Knowing this, we are able to evoke the biggest change socially and politically for ALL. We are the voice and advocates for students, parents and educators.
Quote by: R. Scott Harnish, Kyrene Education Association member
NEA RA 2019

Your community is waiting.

Free and open to all, NEA’s edCommunities is a place for teachers, parents, school support professionals, community supporters, and AEA members to find and share ideas and resources.

Subscribe to the AEA Legislative Update

Subscribe to the AEA Legislative Update and get the latest from the AEA Lobbyist on changes to education policy and funding and receive alerts to take action on legislation that impacts Arizona's students and public school employees.

What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, fact sheets, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.
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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.