The Indiana State Teachers Association represents more than 43,000 teachers, education support professionals, retired educators, higher education professionals, students studying to become teachers, school counselors, school nurses, dental hygienists, social workers, and school psychologists.
ISTA bargains compensation and benefits for members, protects your rights, and advocates for your professions. We are a strong voice for public education and families in Indiana.
We share a common purpose, vision, values and goals. We advocate for public education, children, and our members’ professions, whether they are teachers, maintenance employees, nurses, retirees, custodians, secretaries, classroom aides, school psychologists or media specialists.
People don’t just join ISTA to hold a membership card, they join a statewide network of individuals with similar struggles, successes and goals. Members are ISTA. Members form a strong community of dedicated, caring professionals who support each other at the bargaining table, in the work place and in our communities.
The NEA, ISTA, and the hundreds of local associations across Indiana have a clear strength - the collective voice of many is stronger than the voice of one.
We come together as an organization to support the rights of our members to be paid fairly for their hard work. ISTA members are the individuals who spend every working day making sure Indiana’s children receive the best education possible. ISTA members work in higher education and health care facilities.
We work together to make our schools and classrooms great places to work and innovative, effective learning environments.
We work together to advocate for the resources schools need to give every student a quality education.
We are a community of workers, students and retirees from many fields who are dedicated to a cause.
The collective action of our members at the local, state, and national levels has achieved great things. During the early 1970s, ISTA members stood in front of the state capitol, telling public officials with a strong voice that teachers deserve the right to collectively bargain for better salaries. In 1972, our voices were heard.
Not so long ago, female teachers could be dismissed for having children. ISTA members told school districts and public officials with a strong voice that this practice was unfair and unacceptable. Our voices were heard.
For nearly a century, American workers have united to advocate for the compensation, fair treatment and resources to do their jobs effectively. America's labor unions have led the fight for working families, winning protections such as the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week, overtime rights, and access to health care and retirement security. Today, the fight continues both to retain these rights, to advocate for a living wage, and a safe and healthy workplace.
"What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures."
- Samuel Gompers, a founder of the American Federation of Labor