Teachers' Unions

Under state and local labor laws, teachers’ rights are represented through collective bargaining units known as teachers’ unions. Teachers’ unions generally represent the needs of a collective group of educators on matters including wages or compensation, hours of work, job functions, and other aspects. As with all unions, there can be strength in numbers. A union can help teachers with job security and dealing with school districts. Of course, the value of a union comes down to personal opinion. This section provides a wealth of information about teachers’ unions -- such as how to join a union, how to resolve conflicts, and information on state and local laws.