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Our Issues

We are active on a host of issues that impact our students, educators, public employees, and communities.
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North Dakota United is committed to 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 ND United 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.  

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Pension Security

North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System’s (NDPERS) and Teachers' Fund for Retirement (TFFR) are defined-benefit pension plans that are a valuable recruiting tool for North Dakota job growth and provide stable retirement savings for our public workers and educators.  

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Raises for Public Workers and Educators

While there were notable funding increases in 2023 for public workers and educators, we still fell short of where our state needs to be. ND United is a strong advocate for increasing investments in educator and public worker salaries. This ensures that students get access to qualified teachers and North Dakotans receive the quality services they rely on.

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Childcare Affordability

Access to affordable child care is essential for parents to stay in the workforce. Many communities across North Dakota lack accessible and affordable child care to meet the demand for our state’s working families.

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School Meals

School meals are critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students—and ensures that students have nutrition they need throughout the day to learn.

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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education & Public Services

With more than 11,500 members across the state, NDU supports equal opportunities for success for ALL North Dakota students, and respect and support for all educators. NDU members are teachers, community college professors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers.