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Who We Are

NDU President Nick Archuleta with kids

North Dakota United (NDU) is an organization created by the merger of the North Dakota Education Association (NDEA) and the North Dakota Public Employees Association (NDPEA). The Representative Assemblies of both organizations voted overwhelmingly in February 2013 for the merger.

All of the members of our union work together to provide public education and public services to every citizen of North Dakota. Our membership includes K-12 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, state, county and municipal employees, as well as students and retired workers. The tie that binds our 11,500 members together is a shared commitment to the improvement of the economic and professional well-being of public workers, as well as a dedication to public service and to the improvement of the lives of the North Dakota citizens we serve.



By becoming a member of North Dakota United, the state’s largest and most effective professional association of public educators and employees, you are uniting yourself in vision and focus with more than 11,500 public workers across the state of North Dakota. Additionally, you are affiliated with over 4.7 million combined members of our two national affiliates, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

Those numbers add up. The foremost benefit of your membership in NDU is the benefit of association. You benefit from your combined power, at the negotiating table with school boards, in the halls of the state Legislature, and in the decision-making process when elected officials and administrators are determining your pay, benefits and terms of employment. Through NDU, U have a voice!

You benefit from the combined resources available to you through your union, including expert assistance in negotiations, public relations, grievance procedure and legal matters; scholarships and grants available to members and their families; professional development opportunities; and insurance programs, including full-coverage liability protection. You also benefit from your combined buying power, with discounts on insurance, health care, legal and financial services, travel, entertainment and shopping.

The U in NDU stands for United. Our union of professionals in public education and public services, of 11,500 teachers and professors, school and university support staff, public employees, students and retired workers, is our greatest asset and the power available to you as a member.