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Organizing Tools - Union 101

Let's Talk about Unions
Looking for a way to start the conversation around membership? We’ve created tools and explainers about union membership that you can send to potential members.
Published: July 18, 2023
This toolkit originally appeared on

How to use this toolkit

  • Learn about the power of educators coming together through their union.
  • Share our conversation starters to help potential and existing members understand key union terms.
  • Use prompts to schedule follow up conversations that deepen relationships and connections.

Understanding Unions

When educators are respected, appreciated, heard, and have the resources we need, we can give students our very best. NEA members come together through our union to win for our students, our schools, and ourselves. 

By joining together, we have more power to advocate for: 

  • Better pay and benefits 
  • Better working conditions 
  • Better learning conditions for our students 

Spread the Word

Use these prompts to start a conversation with someone following an initial contact. You can also change them a bit and use them to reach out to someone you haven't heard from in a while!

Share These Messages

On Text Message

Hi <FIRSTNAME>, it’s <YOURNAME> from <AFFILIATENAME>! It was great talking to you about our union. I know there are a lot of new terms to learn while you consider membership. Check out our union glossary to get started! <LINK>

On Email


It’s <YOURNAME> from <AFFILIATENAME>! It was great meeting you at <EVENTNAME>. I’m following up to let you know a little bit more about our union. 

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 heard. 

Our collective voice is our power. Learn about the union advantage >>  

I’d love to talk to you more about our union and what we can achieve together. Are you free for a quick chat sometime this month? 

In solidarity, 


Talk About Our Wins

Sharing these local and statewide victories shows educators that union membership makes a real and daily difference in their schools. We have identified wins for every state, showing that our power is not limited by geography or political party.

Share These Messages

On Social Media

NEA educators deliver real change. We meet with school administrators and lawmakers from both political parties to make sure our voices are being heard and respected. Find out how we are creating change in all 50 states:

On Email


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.  

Check out 50 ways members are winning for students, schools, and each other. 

There are thousands educators just like us across the state and millions of educators across the country working together to accomplish things one teacher, one bus driver, one janitor, or even one district can’t. 

How are educators creating change in your state? Click here to find out!  

Together we are stronger. Together we are heard. If you are interested in the union, but are unsure about joining, I would love to connect and answer any questions you have. 

In solidarity, 


On Text Message

Hi there! This year, educators came together for schools, students, and each other. See how we made a difference in all 50 states:

Download and Share

Print these union explainers and share them with educators at events, in your staff lounge, and over coffee.

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