Many respondents, who were not members of the NZEI, did not think that the NZEI would appreciate their affiliation because of the nature of the ECE service they worked for and/or that they thought nzei was a union reserved for kindergarten teachers whose service had negotiated a collective agreement with the union. Employers in ECECA and Barnardos were aware that they would return to the table if the government released more funds, Bhat said. Collective agreements for most workers in the public and state-integrated education sector are available below. On Friday morning, teachers covered by the Collective Agreement for the Education of Children (ECECA) and the Barnardos Collective Agreement will hold paid union meetings to discuss the next steps of pay equity with kindergarten and primary school teachers. For example, the maximum rate for a JSD teacher with a teaching degree is $55,529 (according to the current collective agreement). . . .