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Solidarity Summer Toolkit

When we lift up one worker, we lift up us all.
We believe that solidarity is a verb. As educators of all races and from all places, we have the power to push policies that improve our public schools, challenge oppressive systems, and create a more equitable and inclusive society. When we speak together, our voices are too loud to ignore.
Published: July 2023
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How to Show Your Solidarity

  • The National Education Association is the largest labor union in the country—when we unite and speak truth to power, we can and have made an enormous impact in our communities.
  • Use this toolkit to share your #SolidaritySummer message. Let's embrace this season of action, amplify our impact, and shape a brighter future for our members and the labor movement. 

Solidarity is a verb!

Stay informed with what's going on...

Through solidarity with the shared struggle of workers across our nation can we build a more just nation for our students, our families, and ourselves.
UPS Teamsters

If Your Packages Get Delayed, Don't Blame Exploited Workers

More than 340,000 UPS Teamsters are negotiating a new contract with the world's biggest delivery company
sag strike sign

Hollywood Is on Strike Against High-Tech Exploitation

As both writers and actors are on the picket lines in Hollywood, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Parents, Kids, and Educators on strike in front of school

U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965

71% of Americans now approve of labor unions.


We've had a lot of questions about how to support WGA/SAG-AFTRA members on strike; here's Adam Conover to explain how you can help:

Ways to get involved:

There are multiple unions currently on strike, in the middle of contract battles, or attempting to form a union that you could use your support. Check out these resources if you're looking to share your solidarity with these workers.

The Writer's Guild of America

Writers are facing the most comprehensive assault on compensation and working conditions that they have seen in a generation.


SAG-AFTRA members are on strike because the studios and streamers are unwilling to offer a fair deal.
UPS Teamsters

UPS Teamsters

The UPS Teamsters are currently at the table fighting for a strong contract that provides job security, more full-time jobs, and a better life for workers across America.

History of the National Education Association and the U.S. Labor Movement

This history of America is the story of the workers who built it. The labor movement has inspired more than the immediate interests surrounding someone’s job—it recognizes that no matter where we’re from or what we look like our society is more just and fair when workers have a voice in the decisions that impact them, their families, and their communities.

Learn More about NEA's Labor History!

3 million members strong!

Only Getting Stronger

The vast majority of Americans approve of labor unions and the labor movement is only going to grow in numbers and in power. This summer more Americans will likely take part in labor action since 2019. We've also seen first-ever unions formed at REI, Trader Joe’s, Kickstarter, and Medieval Times.


Data from Gallup's annual Work and Education survey
of Americans now approve of labor unions


Data from Gallup's annual Work and Education survey
of workers ages 18 to 24 would vote to join a union.


Data from Gallup's annual Work and Education survey
of Americans 18 to 34 approve of unions.  
Becky rallying at the strike
"Our unions give us the collective voice we need to speak truth to power, to demand justice, to fight inequity, and to defend our democracy."
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

Speak Up For Students and Public Schools

When we act together and lift our voices together in unison, we can improve the lives of children.
Members march down the street wearing red and carrying signs.

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).