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Your opinion matters. You work on the front lines of public education and public services in the state of North Dakota. No one knows better than you do on what resources you need to do your job. North Dakota United amplifies your voice with the strength of more than 11,000 public educators and employees who are members of our union. By your association with ND United, your voice will be heard, by policymakers, legislators and elected officials, by students and parents, by school and workplace administrators, and by the public at large.

The quality public education and public services that our members provide to all our students and citizens is at the heart of what our union strives to do. Every position our union takes, every action we lobby behind is based on us all doing what’s right for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified public educators and employees.

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It’s a fact of life: Every decision that affects public education and public services is a political decision.

That’s why North Dakota United has a comprehensive program to make sure our members’ voices are heard in political decisions on all levels—local, state and national.

Use the button below and fill out the form to get information from ND United on how you can help to Stand Up for Public Education & Public Service in North Dakota.

ND United Lobby Day
Presidents’ Day, Feb. 20, 2023
State Capitol, Bismarck

Join fellow ND United members for a day of action as we meet with legislators at the Capitol and make sure they know what matters to educators and public employees!

Questions? Contact us: ali.hoffman@ndunited.org or 701-223-0450

ACTION ALERT – Vouchers

An issue that North Dakota United is committed to is keeping public dollars in public education. Many of you may be familiar with “school vouchers,” bills that are used to privatize education and send taxpayers’ dollars to non-public schools. While NDU has always supported a parent’s right to choose where they send their children to school, we also believe that we must keep public dollars in public schools so that teachers and students receive the resources they need.  

HB 1532 would establish an “education reimbursement program”. The program would require superintendents to pay private schools, when requested by the parents, at least 15 percent but not more than 30 percent of the student’s cost of attendance. State legislators are asking that 24 million dollars be put into this education reimbursement program. That is 24 million dollars going to private education rather than our public school systems. Click the button below to send an email in opposition of this bill to ensure the committee members hear our community’s voice.  

ACTION ALERT – Pensions

One of the biggest issues facing ND United members is ensuring that the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System’s (NDPERS) defined-benefit pension plan stays in place. The defined-benefit plan provides a guaranteed monthly payment providing financial stability and security to the employee and the communities in which they live. The Legislature has introduced two bills to close the plan to new hires. NDU needs all public employees to raise their voice on this issue to make sure the defined-benefit plan is available for future and current employees. Draft an email to the Government and Veterans Affairs Committee to let them know you support pension plans by clicking the button below.

Legislative Organizing Calls

Join us virtually every other Tuesday for our legislative session organizing calls, where we review bills relating to our main priorities and talk about how you can make an impact
on these issues. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the team working in the
Capitol to represent you!

Schedule:

Feb 7, 2023 06:00 PM
Feb 21, 2023 06:00 PM
Mar 7, 2023 06:00 PM
Mar 21, 2023 06:00 PM
Apr 4, 2023 06:00 PM
Apr 18, 2023 06:00 PM
May 2, 2023 06:00 PM
May 16, 2023 06:00 PM
May 30, 2023 06:00 PM
Jun 13, 2023 06:00 PM

Advocacy Training

Whether you have been involved for years or are interested in getting started for the first time, we will be providing virtual advocacy trainings where members can learn more about the importance of their advocacy, how to get started, and some best practices. The same training will be provided every two weeks, so choose the Tuesday that works best for you. You only need to attend once to get all the information!

Our Priorities

During the 2023 legislative session, there will be many issues debated that affect the lives of North Dakota United members and our families. The list below highlights the issues we expect will dominate our time, energy and collective action.

Promoting increased funding for equitable salary increases of at least 8% for all education and public employees.

Preserving defined benefit retirement plans for current and future education and public employees. 

  • HB 1039HB 1040, and HB 1486 have been introduced to replace the current defined benefit pension plan with a less stable defined contribution plan by 2025. North Dakota United opposes these bills
  • SB 2239 would invest in our current pension plan and maintain the benefit for less than what HBs 1039, 1040, and 1486 would cost. North Dakota United supports SB 2239.

Ensuring that public money supports only public institutions and that only public employees provide public services.

  • HB 1532 aims to funnel $24 million in public funding from our public school systems to private schools through a voucher or “education reimbursement program”. North Dakota United opposes this bill.

Securing a long and lasting investment by the State of North Dakota in quality pre-K and child care that pays particular attention to the workers providing these services to set our kids up for success in school and ease the burdens on working families.

  • SB 2301 is a good start to investing in our state’s childcare system. NDU supports this bill.

The information and key issues are constantly changing during the legislative session. If you have questions about bill numbers, ways to get involved, or any other questions related to the legislative process, you can email us at legislative@ndunited.org

Click the button below to read an expanded list of bills of interest beyond the above priorities.