If you're in a union, how much are your union dues?

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  1. waterfall

    waterfall Maven

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    60 dollars a month. I think it's very steep, but I am saving a ton in insurance costs per month in comparison from my previous district, so even with paying that every month I still come out ahead. My district's union is very strong and one of my grade level teammates is a rep. It's definitely worth it to join here. My previous district had a "teacher's association" but they had NO power whatsoever and did not offer any sort of support to teachers at all other than trying to negotiate salary, so it wasn't worth it to join. I didn't and never regretted it. They didn't offer support with working condition things like planning/duty free lunch, RIFs, unfair firings, admin abuse, legal council...so there would really be no reason to join.
     
  2. Emily Bronte

    Emily Bronte Groupie

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    Ours are about 70/mo. for 10 mos.
     
  3. applecore

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    $550 spread over 10 months for now.

    It's worth it to me. Even though it's a tough place to be in financially for some, it's a peace of mine I've got a group who's got my back when it comes to negotiations, teaching insurance, and when I want to vote for people who are at the state level. Without it, I wouldn't be able to have my vote counted for anything with the yearly contracts or at the state level.
     
  4. donziejo

    donziejo Devotee

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    No union. We have a teacher association for 400 a year. It gives me insurance in case I'm ever sued. They don't have any power. Wish they did.
     
  5. chicagoturtle

    chicagoturtle Fanatic

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    Ours are about 1,000 a year. At the current moment worth every penny. During the prior leadership not really worth many of the pennies.
     
  6. silverspoon65

    silverspoon65 Enthusiast

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    $0 - free dues for the president. It might be the only perk to this job. lol.

    I think ours our around $700 a year though. I just don't even think about it.

    I think I will be earning every penny of my free dues, but I hope my members feel like every penny of their dues has been worth it.
     
  7. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

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    Around $600 for the year. With all the stuff going on in this state to strip teachers of their benefits, it's nice to know that there is an organization out there working to protect us.
     
  8. TeacherNY

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    They are about $20 per pay period. I think it's worth it.
     
  9. perplexed

    perplexed Comrade

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    I'm still not sure if I should join or not. I really want to, but $70 a month is a lot of money to me since I'm basically the only income for my family until my husband graduates college and get a job. Since I am the main income for the family, maybe it would be wise to join though, I don't know. The unions in Wisconsin have little power as far as collective bargaining, so the main reason they would be helpful would be if I got fired or something happened in the classroom. Before this new Wisconsin law passed, I would join the union without a doubt, but now I'm concerned with their lack of power and how much it costs to join. Do you think I can opt out of NEA to save $200 a year or you think it's an all or nothing package? Do you think if I talk to the representative about it costing too much, do you think he could reduce my rate?
     
  10. chebrutta

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    $600 a year. I don't belong to the union. Not after they used union dues to pay for T-shirts advertising political candidates and passed them out to teachers.

    I'm looking into http://www.penfl.org/default.aspx for liability insurance. Much cheaper than the union.
     
  11. silverspoon65

    silverspoon65 Enthusiast

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    That's illegal. Did you report it?
     
  12. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

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    Oh, someone definitely did. But I don't trust them anymore.
     
  13. Missy

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again - if you are lucky enough to be in a state with union, get involved and help. Most union leadership and reps are volunteers, and a few people cannot (and shouldn't have to) do everything. Be part of the solution.
     
  14. FutureTeacher_1

    FutureTeacher_1 Rookie

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    $500.00 a year.

    I'm having it deducted in small amounts from my first 8 paychecks.

    I know for a new teacher it seems a lot, but honestly, its a small price to pay for peace of mind.
     
  15. Rockguykev

    Rockguykev Connoisseur

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    I've said it before and I'll say i t again - if you are lucky enough to be in a state where you have the freedom to choose not to be in a union, get involved and make sure it stays that way.

    I don't care if people want to join the union but I shouldn't be forced to if I'm not interested. Unfortunately in California the Teachers Union is the 4th branch of government so they get to set the agenda including requiring people to join for the privilege of working in a public school.
     

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