Bylaw Amendment 1 Awaiting Debate
TITLE: To allow an individual re-joining the Association as an Active member after the commencement of the membership year to pay a pro-rated portion of dues for that year.
Bylaw 2. Membership
2-7. Membership Dues
a. …Any person (i) who joins as an Active member
for the first time after the commencement of the membership year, (ii) who becomes eligible for Active membership after the commencement of the membership year, or (iii) who returns to professional educational employment or to an education support professional position from a limited leave of absence after the commencement of the membership year shall be enrolled in full standing for the remainder of the membership year by paying the amount of annual dues which is commensurate with the remaining portion of the membership year.
Bylaw 2-7 sets forth the procedures by which membership dues are set. The Bylaw currently provides for reduced pro-rata dues for the first year for any person who joins as an Active member for the first time after the commencement of the membership year. Under this provision, any such member is enrolled in full standing by paying the portion of annual dues commensurate with the remaining part of the membership year.
If adopted, the amendment would strike language limiting the pro-rata dues to persons joining the Association for the first time. Thus, individuals who leave the Association and then decide to return at any time after the commencement of the membership year would pay a pro-rata portion of dues for the remainder of the year in which they opt to rejoin the Association. A member could potentially leave the Association and return multiple times, paying a pro-rata portion of dues each time.
A number of state affiliates currently permit pro-rating dues for members who leave and then rejoin the affiliate. Some states permit dues proration for members joining after a certain date, for example, pro-rating dues for the remainder of the membership year for those who join after December 1.
The association provides legal services to members only for incidents and actions taking place while the individual is a member. Thus, even under this amendment, a member could not receive legal services for any incident that occurred during the period in which the member had left the association.
The committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules understands that NEA’s current dues tracking systems are equipped to handle pro-rating of dues without system changes or additional costs. Thus, the committee does not anticipate any significant administrative costs should the amendment be adopted.
David Brighton - AK