Got to Pay Your Dues If You Want to Sing the Blues

Themed protests, tent cities and capitol takeovers aren’t cheap these days, and so union dues will have to rise in many states.

We already know the Ohio Education Association imposed a $54 additional assessment to fund a campaign against SB 5. The Nebraska State Education Association also proposed a $10 oer member ballot initiative assessment in addition to a proposed $5 dues increase. In California, dues will rise $8 to $647.

Minnesota and Utah plan to hold the line, proposing no increase in dues for 2011-12, while Iowa and Arizona are asking for $2 more. Wyoming and Kansas proposed $4 hikes.

The Dakotas will see some of the largest increases, with South Dakota boosting dues by $10 and North Dakota by $13. Missouri will also ask for a $10 increase.

As reported earlier, national NEA dues are likely to increase by $2, but convention delegates will also vote on an additional $10 assessment for the ballot measure/legislative crises fund.

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