NEA Center for Organizing will support and encourage state and local affiliates to organize substitute educators by:

  • Notifying state affiliates that NEA is available to assist state and local affiliates in identifying problems they may have in organizing substitutes and offering possible solutions;
  • Making available existing model contract language involving substitute;
  • Assisting state and local affiliates, when asked in efforts, to identify state and local laws that affect substitute rights, such as right to union representation, health care, sick leave, unemployment insurance and pensions.


Organizing substitute educators empowers them to achieve higher pay and benefits.  This helps remedy the problem of shortages of qualified substitute educators and gives classroom teachers and other educators confidence their students will receive quality services when they are absent.


Peter Henry - WA

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $12,000.