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Why Fair Share?

• Fair Share is a common-sense way to ensure fairness and protect equity, individual rights, and the pocketbooks of educators.
• Every educator who enjoys the benefits and protections of a negotiated contract should, in fairness, contribute to maintaining the contract. 
• Fair Share fees are not used for political or ideological activities. NEA, CTA and its affiliates conduct a thorough analysis of their finances each year, with review by an independent auditor, to ensure that the amount charged to feepayers does not include any political or ideological activities. 
• Fair Share does not force individuals to join the Association. In fact, Fair Share protects the individual rights of educators to choose whether to join the Association. Fair Share simply makes sure that all educators share the cost of negotiations for benefits that all educators enjoy, regardless of whether they are Association members.
• Under Fair Share, all members enjoy the benefits, rights, and protections of the bargained contract, but the similarities end there. The importance and power of Association membership cannot be overstated.
• Association membership has benefits and privileges, including:

    o A voice in running our Association. As members, we have the right to participate in the decision-making process of our local, state, and national Associations. We decide the issues our Association will champion, such as working conditions in our schools and improving the quality of education for our students.
    o Strength in numbers. The more members in our Association, the stronger our voice in advocating for our families and our students.
    o Added protection and expertise. The right to representation by experts and union attorneys in matters unrelated to the contract is a benefit only provided to Association members.
    o Impact on public policy. Through our Association membership, we are guaranteed a strong and credible voice in legislative and public policy discussions to help advance legislation and policies that benefit our students, public schools, and school employees.
    o Access to professional development. Through our Association, we can participate in unique professional development offerings.
    o Financial savings. Association members can enjoy substantial savings by taking advantage of discounted rates provided by NEA Member Benefits. For example, discounted car and homeowners’ insurance, appliances, car rentals are available to members.   

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