AEA’s concept of “bargaining” is not a narrow process that focuses only on obtaining improved salaries and working conditions. Rather, bargaining involves an expanded vision that integrates public policy and organizational development. For example, effective bargaining includes achieving recognition of the local association as the representative of school district employees. It includes building a relationship in which the local association is a partner in district decision making and problem solving. Bargaining is expanding and strengthening the association’s influence.
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.