Teachers’, public employees’ unions merge

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The merger of the North Dakota Education Association and the North Dakota Public Employees Association gives the combined union more than 10,000 members, making it larger than all of the others in the state combined.

Despite their agreement to go it together Friday, the two groups haven’t always been in lockstep.

In the last election cycle, for instance, the teachers endorsed Republican Jack Dalrymple for governor while the public employees backed Democrat Ryan Taylor. There were disagreements on a handful of candidates for the Legislature and state officers.

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