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National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest professional employee organization and one of the most powerful labor unions in the United States. It works to improve public education and attain higher salaries and better working conditions for educators and school employees through political activism, research, professional development, contract negotiations, and awards. The NEA represents over 2.8 million teachers, administrators, education support professionals, faculty members, education students, and retirees. It is a staff-supported, volunteer-based association with affiliates in all fifty states and in over 13,000 communities. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NEA influences the political process at the ...