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Pensions & Retirement Security

Pensions are crucial to attracting and retaining qualified, experienced educators in the profession. And that's worth fighting for.

AEA is dedicated to protecting defined-benefit pension plans because these plans provide a predictable, guaranteed benefit. AEA's Public Policy and Bargaining & Advocacy Departments help members defend their retirement security and advocate for these retirement programs.

Working with our local associations and numerous allies, we help organize the resistance to coordinated and well-funded attacks on educators’ retirement security.

Arizona Retirement Security Coalition

AEA is part of the Arizona Retirement Security Coalition (ARSC), which exists to protect the security and dignity of current and retired teachers, educators, nurses, and other public employees who are part of the Arizona State Retirement System.


AEA-Retired is an active local association of retired educators. They work to help protect Arizona public school employees pensions and continue to advocate for public education. Join the fight to protect public pensions. Learn more.


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.