NEA and AFT Affiliates in North Dakota Plan to Merge

The NEA-affiliated North Dakota Education Association and the AFT-affiliated North Dakota Public Employees Association have taken the first big step in merging the two organizations. The representative bodies of both unions agreed to draft a constitution for a merged union, which would then have to be approved by a two-thirds vote of those bodies. Any merger would also have to be approved by the national parent unions, though this is not expected to be an obstacle.

If the process is completed successfully, North Dakota would become the fifth merged NEA-AFT state affiliate, joining Florida, Minnesota, Montana and New York.