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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Teachers leaving the National Education Association

120 teachers and employees of the Le Roy School District in central Illinois voted overwhelmingly to part ways with the National Education Association (NEA) and instead form an independent, unaffiliated union to represent their interests at the bargaining table.

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) officially certified (PDF document here) the independent “Association of Le Roy Educators” as the employees’ exclusive bargaining agent on June 23, following a 57-8 vote.

“A lot of us are looking at joining the Association of American Educators to secure professional liability insurance, but even our new union dues and AAE membership combined will be significantly less than what we paid to NEA before,” explained Danielle Cooley, special education teacher. “And the best part is that we’re now completely in control of our own workplace representation.”

Though it doesn’t yet collect dues, the Association of Le Roy Educators anticipates it can charge far lower dues than under the NEA without sacrificing local revenue, since so much of the dues previously collected were sent out of the district.

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