To require approval of Active member dues each year by a majority vote at the Representative Assembly.

Bylaw 2-7(a). Membership Dues

Dues of Active members engaged in or on limited leave of absence from professional educational employment shall be .00225 times the national average annual salary of classroom teachers in the public elementary and secondary schools (rounded to the nearest dollar) plus .00055 of the national average annual salary of classroom teachers in the public elementary and secondary schools (rounded to the nearest dollar) to be allocated to UniServ grants according to the policy of the Board of Directors, if approved by a majority vote at the annual representative assembly. The computation shall be based on salary data for the prior year as determined by NEA Research. If the proposal does not have majority support, the assembly shall debate and determine the amount or percentage of dues increase, if any, for the following year.

Impact Statement

Bylaw 2-7(a) provides for the setting of dues for Active members at .00225 times the national average annual salary of classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, with an additional .00055 of this national average to be allocated to UniServ grants.

The proposed amendment would require approval of Active membership dues at this level by a majority vote at the annual Representative Assembly. If a majority fail to support the dues level, the Assembly would then debate and determine the amount or percentage of dues increase for the following year.

Currently, the NEA Board approves the annual membership dues at its February meeting in accordance with the parameters established under the Bylaws. This dues level is then reflected in the Proposed Strategic Plan and Budget drafted by the Program and Budget Committee and submitted by the Board of Directors to the annual Representative Assembly.

The proposed amendment would shift the timing of dues approval to July. Thus, the Program and Budget Committee and Board of Directors would have to develop a proposed Budget before finalization of the annual dues. If delegates amended the dues in July, the proposed Strategic Plan and Budget would need to be revised by the Program and Budget Committee and the Board of Directors to account for the change in anticipated revenues prior to consideration by the Representative Assembly. The further deliberations and debates required may lengthen and increase the cost of the annual Representative Assembly.

The proposed amendment would impact state and local affiliate membership activities. Specifically, the short lead-time between Representative Assembly action on dues and the start of the new membership year would create administrative challenges, as affiliates would have to wait until after the Representative Assembly each year to print membership forms and materials and enroll and process new members.

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Stacey Kimberlin, IA

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