Arizona Education Association

Fall 2016

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What is being said about… ARIZONA'S TEACHER PAY GAP According to a new report 1 , teachers in Arizona earn just 63% of what other college graduates earn in wages, the largest pay gap in the nation. UNITED STATES ARIZONA 1 Economic Policy Institute report: "The teacher pay gap is wider than ever: Teachers' pay continues to fall further behind pay of comparable workers" at Union Members Earn More According to the report's author, UC Berkeley economist and EPI research associate Sylvia Allegretto, union membership had a positive impact on teacher wages, "Once again, unions prove their importance in protecting teachers from a much larger pay gap. For women, especially, being a member of a teacher's union can have a major impact on earnings." This election provides teachers and school support staff the opportunity to vote for candidates who will support increasing funding for our schools and commit to closing this pay gap. Visit to see AEA's recommended candidates. #ClosetheGap

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