Important Documents

What am I Getting for my Dues?

PSEA/NEA DUES (PSEA dues are .0070 of the statewide average instructional salary in public schools. NEA dues are .0028 of the national average salary of classroom teachers.)

  • Strength in numbers PSEA has 151,000 members, NEA has 2.4 million members
  • Since 1852, they have promoted public education and worked to elevate the character of the teaching profession. Examples: tenure protection, mandated minimum salaries, mandated 30 minute duty-free lunch; transfer of tenure sabbatical leave, and sick leave from one district to another; increased retirement benefits, created Act 195 which provided collective bargaining rights, extended unemployment compensation to school employees, authorized inspection of personnel files by employees, provided for furlough by seniority, provided that residency not be a condition of employment, provided for job security during transfer of entities, increased the number of days a retired teacher may work without loss of benefits, permitted employees to stay in the school hospitalization program, increased payments to cooperating teachers, and increased multiplier to 2.5
  • Competitive lobbying, litigation, bargaining, public relations, and research
  • Get much better terms and conditions of employment through collective bargaining
  • Access to professional development and professional resources
  • Access to leadership and advocacy training
  • Protection against lawsuits and arbitrary dismissals- $1 million liability coverage
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational Conferences
  • Access to Crisis Assistance
  • Pre-retirement Counseling
  • PSEA's Professional Learning Exchange
  • NEA Professional Library 1-800-229-4200
  • Publications such as PSEA Voice and NEA Today
  • Access to Field Representatives (Uniservs) for assistance in negotiations, grievance processing, advocacy training and problem solving
  • Job-related legal services
  • Access to Fact Finding and Arbitration Specialists (part of Act 88 bargaining law)
  • A voice in educational decisions
  • National and statewide media campaigns
  • Spokespersons on the Public School Employee's Retirement Board
  • No-fee Credit Card
  • Reduced Rate Insurance Programs
  • Research and Technical Support
  • Active Lobbyists to protect and support education issues

LOCAL DUES (Local dues are determined by the WAEA Executive Committee with the approval of the General Membership.)

  • Access to a support system to ensure that your local contract is being upheld
  • Access to local grievance procedure
  • A voice in the negotiations process and collective bargaining agreement ratification
  • A voice in selecting your local leaders and representatives
  • Training Opportunities
  • Community scholarships and donations
  • Retirement gifts