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June 5, 2013
Contact: Alexandra Freeze

Forty organizations to join together for National Employee Freedom Week; remind workers of their options regarding union membership
Association of American Educators Joins Groups in 30 States in National Campaign to Promote Teacher Freedoms

Alexandria, VA– Today, the Association of American Educators (AAE) announced that it will participate in National Employee Freedom Week, a first-of-its-kind national campaign to promote teachers' rights of association.

National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), which will run from June 23-29, 2013, will highlight 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 conducting widespread outreach efforts that inform teachers about their right to select an association of their choice. 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.

The Association of American Educators will also participate in releasing the results of a national poll of union households showing a startlingly high percentage of union members are interested in leaving their unions. This information will be released on Monday, June 24.

"We are pleased to sign on to National Employee Freedom Week," stated AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "AAE believes that teachers, as college-educated professionals, if given the opportunities, can and will make choices that reflect their values. This pro-teacher movement is a step in the right direction for teacher rights."

AAE and our state chapters will be participating in outreach efforts. The number of organizations participating in National Employee Freedom Week is also expected to increase in the coming weeks.

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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.

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