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NDU is North Dakota’s largest and most effective union of public educators and employees. By banding together, we impact meaningful change for members and our communities.

One Union, One Voice: Uniting Educators and Public Employees

NDU makes sure the voices of members are actually heard. Together, we have successfully raised wages, improved working conditions, and fought to preserve retirement benefits. Band together with your fellow professionals to strengthen your voice – join us today.

Join Our Movement

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We all have different strengths, but when we are united . . . we are even better.
Quote by: Ivona Todorovic, English Language Learner teacher & 2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

Making a Difference

Becoming a member of North Dakota United connects you with a movement of educators and school staff supporting each other. Our union advocates for the funding and resources that you, your schools, and your students deserve. This includes:

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North Dakota United enables public employees with shared values to come together to advocate for the common good and the well-being of employees who are working to make North Dakota great.
Quote by: Gary Feist, Tax Auditor & North Dakota United Vice President of Public Employees

About Our Union

North Dakota United (NDU) was 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. 

Installation of the North Dakota United name and logo on the NDU headquarters building on Feb. 27, 2014.
Installation of the North Dakota United name and logo on the NDU headquarters building on Feb. 27, 2014.

Our union of professionals in public education and public services, of over 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.

You are the U in NDU

Our collective voice is powerful at the local, state, and national level. We work together to ensure that educators and public employees have a stronger voice.

And as the state’s largest union, we have a powerful collective voice to make real change in North Dakota. Nationally, our collective power includes the over 4.7 million combined members of our two national affiliates, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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Imagine what else we can do when more educators and paraeducators join up with all the rest of us who are in this union.
Quote by: Risha Allen, Elementary Music Teacher

Membership Types

Educators, Public Employees, Higher Ed Faculty, ESPs, Retired Members, and Aspiring Educators—we all belong in North Dakota United. Join now!
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K-12 Teachers

North Dakota United is proud to represent the backbone of our state's education system - the dedicated K-12 educators who shape the future of North Dakota's youth.
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Educational Support Professionals

ESP members take care of our children every day and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed in our schools and classrooms. These members include Paraprofessionals, Custodians, Secretarial & Administrative Services, Food Service, Bus Drivers, and many more.
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Public Employees

From civil servants to first responders, together we advocate for fair working conditions and the essential services that make our state thrive.
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Higher Ed Faculty & Staff

ND United represents all roles necessary to provide a rich, equitable education to ND college students, from administrators to adjunct faculty, counselors to program coordinators.
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Retired Professionals

NDU-Retired members work to strengthen public education, public services and healthcare, and professions to which they dedicated their lives.
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Aspiring Educators

The ND United Student Association gives aspiring educators the opportunity to learn from each other, but also from a network of campus advisors and other professionals in education.
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Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers serve as educational bridges when regular classroom teachers are absent and can join North Dakota United.

Forms & Resources

NDU Recruitment Incentive 23-24

Do you know someone who might be interested in joining North Dakota United? Fill out this form and you could be rewarded if you get them to join.

Recruitment Incentive Form

NDU Student Rebate 2024

Student members, fill out this form to receive a rebate on your dues from North Dakota United.

Student Rebate Form

NEA Student Rebate

Student members, fill out this form to receive a rebate on your dues from the National Education Association.

NEA Student Rebate


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.