What do I get for my dues?

NJEA understands our members want to get the most from their dues. That is why we work to provide you with the best member services in the nation. Here is an overview of how your dues dollars go to work for you:

Contract Negotiation and Enforcement

NJEA’s 21 regional offices, housing NJEA’s UniServ staff, work directly with local associations to negotiate contracts, process grievances, handle member concerns, and provide a link to all NJEA and NEA services.

Organizing, Training, & Membership Development

NJEA’s Headquarters UniServ staff provide membership materials, Summer and Winter Leadership training, program conferences, Fall Focus meetings, new member orientation programs, and oversee the ESP Career Ladder program.


NJEA’s Communications Division conducts media and public relations, while publishing the NJEA Review, the NJREA Newsletter, the NJEA website (njea.org) and other electronic publications.

Legislative and Government Relations

NJEA’s Government Relations Division lobbies the Legislature on issues impacting public education, works with NJEA’s Political Action Committee to support pro-education candidates (funded by voluntary contributions from members), and runs NJEA’s annual Legislative Conference.

Legal Services

NJEA attorneys provide direct representation to local associations and members, in support of contract enforcement and employment-related issues.

Research and Economic Services

NJEA’s Research Division provides state-of-the-art research in support of contract negotiation and other NJEA programs as well as works with individual members on their pension and benefits needs.

Member Benefits

NJEA Member Benefits enriches the lives of members by providing cost-saving consumer programs.

PRIDE in Public Education

NJEA’s PRIDE program pays for paid media (TV, radio, billboards) to promote public education and for organizing grants for local associations.

Professional Development

NJEA’s Professional Development Division provides training and support for members through conferences, local workshops, and other means to further their growth as professionals.


Covers the cost of the annual NJEA Convention and NJEA’s participation in the NEA Representative Assembly.


Funds programs like the Center for Teaching and Learning, Urban Teacher Institute, NJ Hall of Fame, and the Latino Institute.

Local Assistance Programs

These programs provide financial reimbursements and assistance to local and county associations to help serve their members.

Administration and Business Services

Covers NJEA Administration, Membership Processing, Finance, Information Technology, Personnel, Accounting, Mailing and Production, Headquarters operation, and capital budget.


Includes NJEA Officers, Executive Committee, Delegate Assembly, Committees, elections, and organizational activities.