When educators are heard, respected, and given the resources we need, we can give students our very best. As part of the largest labor union in the country, with almost three million members, we work together to ensure that educators have a stronger voice.
With more members like you, we will have an even stronger voice to impact meaningful change for the lives of educators and their students. Will you join us?
- We regularly advocate for higher salaries and improved working conditions.
- We meet with lawmakers from both political parties to make sure our voices are being heard and respected.
- We work hand in hand with school administrators and school boards to improve our daily lives as educators.
- We make sure that educators have the resources we need to give students our best.
Together, We Are a Union
By banding together, our members impact meaningful change for educators and students. Together, we have successfully raised educator wages, improved working conditions, supported student loan forgiveness, and made sure the voices of educators are actually heard. With more members like you, we can have an even stronger voice.
There are unions in every school district! As a union, we regularly meet with school administrators, school boards and lawmakers from both parties to advocate for higher wages, better benefits, and improved working conditions for educators.
Membership Protects You in the Workplace
Unions fought for and work to strengthen many of the social standards and norms that protect Americans today including Social Security, child labor laws, discrimination in the workplace, health and safety laws, workers’ compensation, the 40-hour work week and the federal minimum wage. Your membership gives you access to experts in employment and education law assure your employee rights noted below are protected:
- Rights under FMLA
- Disability discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Rights under workman’s compensation
- Layoff and recall rights
- Structural safety; your right to a safe workplace
- Rights under discrimination laws
- Loudermill & Garrity Rights afforded to public employees
- Rights under your individual contract
- Weingarten Rights, guaranteeing representation to union members
Membership Provides Strength in Numbers
Union members exist across all employment sectors, but the biggest share work in education or health services. Nearly two in five union members (39.8 percent) work in education or health services. Unions are a line of defense against state and empower power, because collectively we improve our working conditions, resolve workplace issues, and improve the quality of education for our students. As a member of WEAC—Wisconsin’s largest union—you are not alone. While you are working hard daily in your classroom, we are working hard daily to advocate for child and teacher friendly policy at the Department of Public Instruction and at the state and local government. Our influence is stronger when we speak in one collective, professional voice.