Press Release

AFT President Lauds Merger of North Dakota Public Employee Unions

For Release: 

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Tom Lansworth



In historic votes on Saturday, Feb. 2, the North Dakota Public Employees Association and the North Dakota Education Association approved a merger of the two organizations. The combination, which will be known as North Dakota United, will become the state's largest public employee union with more than 10,000 members. NDPEA is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, while NDEA is affiliated with the National Education Association. NDU will affiliate with both national unions.

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the historic merger of North Dakota's two leading public employee unions:

"The creation of North Dakota United is a terrific outcome for the employees represented by this new organization and for all North Dakotans who rely on the public services they deliver every day.

"This merger brings together employees who provide all citizens with the public services—from schools to safe roads to health programs—that are the foundation of North Dakota's quality of life. These workers will gain a louder, stronger and more united voice in their efforts to strengthen public services, and that is good for the entire state.

"The merger also will strengthen the labor movement in North Dakota and help ensure that all working families in every community participate in the state's economic success."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.