About the NEA Representative Assembly
The World’s Largest Democratic Deliberative Assembly
NEA’s Annual Meeting typically takes place during the final week of June and the first week of July. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. It is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership.
The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Those delegates with full voting rights elect the executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors, as appropriate.
2022 NEA Representative Assembly
The 2022 National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) will be in-person in Chicago, IL July 3-6 with a virtual participation option also available.
Those electing to participate virtually will be required to register online via the CVENT registration system. Additional information about virtual participation will be shared as soon as we have it from NEA.
ABOUT THE HOTEL
The Utah delegation will stay at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. For those familiar with Chicago, the hotel is located in the Theater District, near the State/Lake “L” station. It is about three miles from the McCormick Place Convention Center where the RA will be held. We are waiting for transportation information from NEA but anticipate we will have a regular charter bus available for the 15-minute ride. The Renaissance Chicago has a pool and fitness center and each room has a mini-fridge. Our contracted rate is $189 per night plus tax.
BOOKING DELEGATE ROOMS
We will be working through UniServs (and the UEA Executive Office for state delegates) to coordinate delegate hotel booking. The NEA recommends single room accommodations for those who do not reside in the same household. UniServs are invited to consider this in accommodation requests and RA budgets. Those who elect to share a room will be asked to complete a COVID waiver. Hotel request forms will be forwarded soon.
FLIGHTS AND TRAVEL
In-person delegates can arrive at either O’Hare Airport (about 17 miles farther on the Blue Line train) or Midway Airport (about 11 miles on the Orange Line train, but typically much more expensive than O’Hare from SLC). Plan to arrive July 1 and depart July 7.
ADDITIONAL RA DETAILS
• Theme: Joy, Justice, Excellence – The Strength of Educators. The Brilliance of Students. The Power of Community.
• Dates: July 3-6 (with a Utah caucus meeting and delegate check-in on July 2)
• Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
• Times: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST – In-person with a Virtual Option
• RA In-person attendance capacity: 6,000
NEA RA WEBSITE: www.nea.org/RA
• Standing Rules; Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, Resolutions, Legislative Amendments; and New Business
• Website is updated regularly
SCHEDULED STATE CAUCUS MEETINGS
A Pre-RA Caucus is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, following Summer Leadership Academy. Time and location TBD. Delegates should plan to participate to receive additional RA information and agendas, vote on NEA business items and meet other delegates from Utah. The first on-site caucus meeting in Chicago is scheduled for July 2.
Utah NEA-RA Coordination Team:
For additional information or questions, please contact a member of the UEA-NEA-RA Coordination team:
- Mike Kelley, email@example.com, 801-699-1452
- Michelle Dansie, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meg Tanner, email@example.com
This is a MOST unusual year; thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!