Bylaw Amendment 2 Awaiting Debate
TITLE: To set dues for Retired members who were previously Active ESP members at 60 percent of the dues for Retired members.
Bylaw 2. Membership
2-7. Membership Dues
h. Dues of Retired members shall be established by the Board of Directors and shall be payable (i) by a retired individual who joins the Association on an annual basis or (ii) through a Retired membership-for-life program as established by the Board of Directors. The annual and membership for life dues of any Retired member who joins after the 2020-2021 membership year and who was an Active ESP member shall be sixty percent (60%) of the annual dues of Retired members as established by the Board of Directors.
NEA Bylaw 2-7 sets out the membership dues for each category of Association membership. Currently, Bylaw 2-7(h) provides that the dues of Retired members shall be established by the NEA Board of Directors. The NEA Program and Budget Committee periodically reviews Retired Annual and Life dues levels and suggests changes as needed. The NEA Board of Directors then votes on all dues recommendations received from the Program and Budget Committee in accordance with Bylaw 2-7.
Dues of Active members engaged in professional educational employment are set at .00225 times the national average annual salary of classroom teachers in the public elementary and secondary schools plus .00055 of the national average annual salary of classroom teachers in the public elementary and secondary schools, allocated to UniServ grants. Dues of Active education support professional (ESP) members are determined in the same manner as those of Active members engaged in professional educational employment, except that the national average annual salary of school employees in education support positions is used in the formula. ESP dues cannot be less than fifty percent of the dues of Active members engaged in professional educational employment.
If adopted, the amendment would set the dues of any Retired member who was previously an Active ESP member at sixty percent of the dues of Retired members as set by the Board. The amendment would go into effect after the 2021-2022 membership year and would apply to all members in the Retired category who pay their dues on an annual basis at that time, as well as any members who join the Retired category by paying Life dues at that time. The amendment would not apply retrospectively, meaning that members who previously joined as Retired members by paying a lifetime dues amount would not be impacted by the amendment.
It is difficult to determine the impact of this amendment on NEA’s revenue or budget. In 2019-2020, NEA had just over 332,000 Retired members, approximately 5,700 of whom join every year. NEA estimates that 14 percent of Retired Annual members formerly were employed in ESP positions. Retired members who join each year currently pay $35 annually. If passed, the amendment would reduce from $35 to $21 the annual dues of around 800 individuals. The amendment, however, could also act as an incentive for individuals to join as Retired members. If it did so, the overall increase in Retired membership might offset the loss in individual dues paid by Retired members.
Patsy Tallarico - PA