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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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Published: August 2023

During the 2023 ND Legislative session, ND United asked for 8% and 8% increases for both education and public employees. 

After this past election, we knew that getting necessary funding increases would be an uphill battle. K-12 funding ended with a 4% and 4% increase in the per pupil payment with an added 0.5% increase for special education funding. Additionally, section 11 of SB 2013 requires that 70% of the increased funding must go toward non-administrative salaries. 

Public employees and higher education funding ended at 6% and 4%. While these are closer raises to what we asked for and what is needed, they are still not up to par with our current economic environment. We must continue to pay close attention to the actions of our elected officials as we head into another election season. 

Speak Up For Public Schools & Public Services

When we act together and join our voices in unison, we can improve the lives of children and North Dakota communities.
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A Union of Professionals in Public Education and Public Services

Leverage 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.

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.