What is a Caucus?

04DBE7F7-CA11-4A0C-99FD-DACD4B693550.jpegA caucus is a group of rank and file members who agree to a set of basic guiding principles, then go about organizing to strengthen their unions, schools, and greater communities.

We will engage students, parents and community members in our work to achieve common goals through racial and social justice unionism.  

We will provide trainings for members in organizing, racial and social justice, and additional resources to support students, staff, families and our community.

In the Industrial Model of unionism, there is only one expert – the union president. Our caucus values members through a combination of Industrial Unionism, Professional Unionism and Social Justice Unionism that includes our students, families, other labor organizations  and our communities in our work.

NEA describes these models here.

Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools describes these in more detail here.

Our caucus will strengthen our unions, our schools and our community by implementing all three models of unionism.

We encourage members to join these caucuses for racial and social justice.

UCORE – United Caucuses of Rank and File Educators [of which R-CORE is an affiliate]

“We are a network of social justice educators and union activists working together to advance economic and racial justice and democracy in our schools, workplaces and communities. To that end, we work to transform our unions at the local, state, and national levels into militant, democratic organizations capable of leading the fight against corporate control and for equitable, fully funded public schools. We believe that by organizing to build power at our schools and within our unions, we can more successfully advocate for the schools our students deserve.

NEA Black Caucus

“We Exist Because We Must

Our Mission: to advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

Our Vision: a world in which all communities have access to a quality, free public education and an equal voice in public policy through leadership cultivation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement.”

NEA Black Caucus Facebook Page

 NEA Hispanic Caucus

“The NEA Hispanic Caucus is a special interest advocacy group dedicated to ensuring all students, families, and communities have access to a quality public educational system that provides an environment free of social bias, cultural oppression, and institutional racism. Our members are the sounding board for our students and communities.We listen to our students’ stories and fight to ensure their future.”

~Gladys Marquez, Hispanic Caucus Chair

NEA American Indians/Alaska Natives Caucus

NEA Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus

“The purpose of NEA APIC is to identify and advocate Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander issues and concerns within NEA.


“The NEA-LGBTQ+ Caucus, in order to eliminate institutional discrimination and homophobia, monitors and participates in the development of NEA policies and activities, provides resources and fosters better communication among educators, students, and communities.

NEA Women’s Caucus

NEA Women’s Caucus Facebook Page

NEA BAT Caucus


“The NEA BAT Caucus is established for the purpose:

A. To promote and defend public school educators nationwide.

B. To affect pro-public school education policies and lobbying efforts by NEA.

C. To advocate for the principle that the primary expertise in curriculum and other educational matters are classroom teachers”

WEA BAT Caucus

Follow @WaBATs_ on Twitter
To join the WA BATs Caucus, please contact Becca Ritchie at r.ritchie@comcast.net

NEA Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children

“The NEA Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children promotes the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education.  We ask our colleagues in general education to join us in our efforts to support and enhance the ideas embodied in the IDEA act.  We do so in the belief that all learners are exceptional and that all teachers must advocate for all children.