Technically they are not unions in our state, but is joining a professional organization worth it? There were two advertising at my New Teacher Orientation today. One of the big things they seem to be advertising is tort insurance (in case I get sued by someone claiming I hit their child or something) but in the employee manual it says my school system provides that. The organization I was looking at would be about $66 per MONTH! They do offer some professional dev. and such, but not sure how much I would use that. I'm just thinking my money could be better spent elsewhere (paying off student loans, a "new to me" car, etc). Thoughts?