Frequently Asked Questions

Why belong to the IEA?
The association provides an array of programs and services designed to enhance the teaching profession and make sure that education professionals always have an effective voice in the decisions that affect their lives and their schools.

What do I get for my dues?
View the list of how your IEA and NEA dues are allocated to support and represent members and affiliates in their efforts to achieve IEA’s and NEA’s mission.

What are my legal rights?
Your IEA membership guarantees representation at the bargaining table and ensures you have access to free legal services should the need ever arise.

How do I change my address?
Need to change your address? phone number? or email address with the IEA? Login to IEA Members Only to update your information.

How do I organize a union?
If you work in education but you don’t have a union, learn about the power that comes with collective bargaining.

Do you have discounts & deals?
The IEA has partnered with Access Development’s Discounts & Deals program which combines the power of more than 500 world-class brands with the advantage of local merchants in communities throughout Illinois and the USA. The Discounts & Deals link is now located on the IEA Members Only section of our website.

Do you have professional development?
IEA is your gateway to becoming the best teacher you can be and your ally in Illinois educational reform. Together, we are building the best learning environments for Illinois students.

Do I have a voice in the association?
The most important part of being a member of an association like the IEA is the ability to have one’s voice heard on a variety of issues that affect the working conditions of school employees and learning environments of students.

How does the IEA political process work?
IEA’s political action committee, IPACE (Illinois Political Action Committee for Education), was established in 1971 to ensure that, when education issues are discussed at the state or local level, the voices of IEA members are heard and taken seriously.