Why We Pay Dues

The American Federation of Teachers Guild, Local 1931, is the bargaining agent which negotiates on your behalf and provides legal representation for you as a result of your employment in the Community College District.

Major benefits of Guild membership are listed on the AFT website http://aft.org/aftplus/.  In becoming a member, you will be doing your part to ensure professional, reliable, and fair representation for yourself and your colleagues.  In addition, you are also eligible for the $1,000,000 occupational liability insurance policy (free of charge), a $10,000 life insurance policy (free of charge during the first year of your membership), as well as access to a variety of AFT-sponsored programs.  And, perhaps most importantly, only members are eligible to vote for and run for Guild union officer positions.

Our efforts to protect and advance the professional and economic interests of all of the employees it represents are funded by dues revenue.  One of the most valuable of these union services is the negotiation of contracts that govern your earnings and other economic benefits and the conditions under which you work.  Union dues pay the costs of these contract negotiations, including the staff work, and legal, economic, and educational research necessary to develop your union’s program, which benefits you.  Collective bargaining and the protection of employees’ rights under the contract require year-round activity by Guild officers and staff, as well as numerous volunteer union members.

Further, since many of your working conditions and benefits, as well as the resources available to fund community college operations, are governed by legislation, this local, together with its state and national affiliates, monitor the legislative process and lobby where necessary to protect and advance your interests.

The Guild still faces many obstacles in its fight to provide the best working conditions for the employees it represents.  Our strength lies in our membership.  Together we can ensure that education is the number one priority of the community college district.  The result will be an improved learning environment for students and a better quality of life for all.