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June 24, 2013
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

National Employee Freedom Week: Association of American Educators Spearheads National Campaign to Promote Teacher Freedoms

Alexandria, VA – Today, the Association of American Educators (AAE) joins with over 40 partner organizations to celebrate National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), a first-of-its-kind national campaign to promote teachers' rights of association.

Co-created by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), NEFW highlights how unionized teachers and other employees often don't know that they have the legal right to opt-out of union membership — and will help educate those employees on their options so they can make the decision about union membership that's best for them.

NEFW is a national campaign with 40 partner organizations in 30 states across the nation.

To celebrate NEFW, the Association of American Educators will be sharing information with educators and stakeholders across the country. This nationwide effort will promote informed decision making and empower educators so that they can select an association that best matches their budget and beliefs.

"We are so proud to be driving National Employee Freedom Week," stated AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "AAE believes that teachers, as college-educated professionals, can and will make choices that reflect their values. This pro-teacher movement is a step in the right direction for teacher rights. We must trust our educators to make informed choices."

AAE and our state chapters have all endorsed this empowering week. More information is available at

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.