March 26, 2014 Print
    

How much is WEA Union Dues?

Union dues for the Washington Education Association are higher than most people realize: typically about $1,000, with some teachers paying as much as $1,179 per year. 

And while union officials give lip service to "progressive" values, their approach to both dues and wages is the opposite. Dues are a flat amount for full time teachers, meaning they are the same whether a teacher is earning at the low end or the high end of the wage scale. Starting teachers' low wages are used in union rhetoric as the reason for increasing funding, but the union requires them to pay the largest percentage of their wage for dues (3%) while the wealthiest teachers pay the smallest (as low as 1%). 

Raises, on the otherhand, are on a percentage basis so that the biggest increases go to the best-paid employees. Sometimes the union insists on wage enhancements which are even more regressive than this. A number of union contracts actually ensure even higher percentage enhancements for the highest-paid teachers.

The WEA's regressive policies are no accident or oversight. When the legislature sought to improve starting teacher wages by adjusting the salary schedule, the WEA sued to stop this progressive wage policy.

Here are the union dues of the various locals derived from financial records WEA makes available to fee-paying nonmembers (WEA has no obligation to disclose financial information to members). It is interesting to note that Washington has three "local only unions" which are able to serve members for far less than $1,000 per year.

For $1,000 dues each year for a three year contract, each teacher could afford to hire his or her own lawyer for contract negotiation. The overcharging for workplace representation is reaching absurd proportions.

Source: WEA "Hudson Packet" sent to nonmembers with the offer to receive a refund, Dec. 13, 2013.

Learn how you can get a refund from the union for these overcharges here. (PDF of publication) Learn about the right to send dues to charity if you have a personally-held religious objection to WEA's use of funds in this publication.

Learn about the "local only" union option here. (PDF of Publication)

See average teacher salary by district here and teacher salaries & benefits here.

District Alphabetical Order Approx. 13-14 Total Dues   District in Rank Order Approx.  13-14 Total Dues Rank
Aberdeen $890   Marysville $1,179 1
Adna  $847   Shoreline $1,164 2
Almira No union   Stanwood $1,152 3
Anacortes $998   Bremerton $1,145 4
Arlington $1,022   Everett $1,129 5
Asotin-Anatone $874   Snohomish $1,126 6
Auburn $998   Spokane $1,123 7
Bainbridge Island $909   Sedro-Woolley $1,118 8
Battle Ground $1,003   Oak Harbor $1,110 9
Bellevue $1,018   Eastmont $1,105 10
Bellingham $1,080   Mukilteo $1,103 11
Benge No union   Monroe $1,101 12
Bethel $1,017   North Kitsap $1,099 13
Bickleton No union   Lake Stevens $1,093 14
Blaine $1,002   Longview $1,090 15
Boistfort No union   Mount Vernon $1,082 16
Bremerton $1,145   Bellingham $1,080 17
Brewster $805   Ferndale $1,070 18
Bridgeport $779   Pasco $1,063 19
Brinnon No union   Northshore $1,057 20
Burlington-Edison $991   Kennewick $1,053 21
Camas $887   Wenatchee $1,053 22
Cape Flattery $762   Central Kitsap $1,050 23
Carbonado No union   Yakima $1,047 24
Cascade $925   Richland $1,043 25
Cashmere $829   North Thurston $1,042 26
Castle Rock $970   Concrete $1,034 27
Centerville $781   Olympia $1,032 28
Central Kitsap $1,050   Skykomish $1,032 29
Central Valley $933   Mead $1,026 30
Centralia $882   Arlington $1,022 31
Chehalis $979   Bellevue $1,018 32
Cheney $967   Issaquah $1,018 33
Chewelah $850   Lake Washington $1,018 34
Chimacum $797   Bethel $1,017 35
Clarkston $873   South Kitsap $1,017 36
Cle Elum-Carson $891   Seattle $1,013 37
Clover Park $928   Mabton $1,011 38
Colfax $826   Tukwila $1,009 39
College Place No union   Franklin Pierce $1,004 40
Colton $826   Renton $1,004 41
Columbia (Stevens) $764   Battle Ground $1,003 42
Columbia (Walla Walla) $921   Blaine $1,002 43
Colville $886   Kelso $1,001 44
Concrete $1,034   Edmonds $999 45
Conway $878   Anacortes $998 46
Cosmopolis $785   Lopez Island $998 47
Coulee-Hartline No Union?   Auburn $998 48
Coupeville $968   State Average $997  
Crescent $765   Moses Lake $996 49
Creston $735   Riverside $994 50
Curlew No Union?   Walla Walla $993 51
Cusick $850   Kent $993 52
Damman No union   Highline $992 53
Darrington $878   Tumwater $992 54
Davenport $764   Burlington-Edison $991 55
Dayton & Starbuck $862   Orcas $986 56
Deer Park $946   Puyallup $986 57
Dieringer $723   Evergreen (Clark) $986 58
Dixie No union   Sultan $984 59
East Valley $885   Napavine $982 60
East Valley $938   Chehalis $979 61
Eastmont $1,105   Mercer Island $978 62
Easton $796   Peninsula $977 63
Eatonville $785   Castle Rock $970 64
Edmonds $999   Tahoma $970 65
Ellensburg $921   Coupeville $968 66
Elma $895   Cheney $967 67
Endicott $764   Snoqualmie $965 68
Entiat $829   San Juan Island $962 69
Enumclaw $929   Sumner $962 70
Ephrata $779   Tenino $958 71
Evaline No union   Yelm Community $958 72
Everett $1,129   Riverview $958 73
Evergreen (Clark) $986   West Valley (Spokane) $958 74
Evergreen (Stevens) No union   Tacoma $955 75
Federal Way $944   Winlock $955 76
Ferndale $1,070   Deer Park $946 77
Fife $919   Federal Way $944 78
Finley $886   Zillah $943 79
Forks $825   University Place $942 80
Franklin Pierce $1,004   Hoquim $942 81
Freeman $869   Grandview $939 82
Garfield $874   Lynden $938 83
Glenwood $789   Selah $938 84
Goldendale $783   East Valley $938 85
Grand Coulee Dam $889   Mount Baker $938 86
Grandview $939   North River $934 87
Granger $859   Toutle Lake  $934 88
Granite Falls $894   Woodland $934 89
Grapeview $758   Central Valley $933 90
Great Northern No Union?   Lakewood $933 91
Green Mountain $780   South Whidbey $933 92
Griffin $895   Enumclaw $929 93
Harrington $874   Clover Park $928 94
Highland $831   Port Townsend $925 95
Highline $992   Cascade $925 96
Hockinson $909   Sunnyside $925 97
Hood Canal $761   Ellensburg $921 98
Hoquim $942   Columbia (Walla Walla) $921 99
Inchelium $794   West Valley (Yakima) $920 100
Index No union   Fife $919 101
Issaquah $1,018   Meridian $918 102
Kahlotus $752   Wapato $915 103
Kalama $874   Steilacoom Historical $915 104
Keller No union   Vancouver $912 105
Kelso $1,001   Kettle Falls $910 106
Kennewick $1,053   Hockinson $909 107
Kent $1,342   Kiona-Benton City $909 108
Kettle Falls $910   Bainbridge Island $909 109
Kiona-Benton City $909   North Beach $907 110
Kittitas $891   Oakville $896 111
Klickatat $781   Vashon Island $895 112
La Center $886   Elma $895 113
La Conner $872   Griffin $895 114
Lacrosse No union   Toledo $895 115
Lake Chelan $841   Granite Falls $894 116
Lake Stevens $1,093   Cle Elum-Carson $891 117
Lake Washington $1,018   Kittitas $891 118
Lakewood $933   Naches Valley $891 119
Liberty $874   Union Gap $891 120
Lind $764   Washougal $890 121
Longview $1,090   Aberdeen $890 122
Loon Lake $754   Quincy $889 123
Lopez Island $998   Grand Coulee Dam $889 124
Lyle  $831   Omak $889 125
Lynden $938   Rochester $887 126
Mabton $1,011   Camas $887 127
Mansfield $779   Montesano $887 128
Manson $779   La Center $886 129
Mary M Knight $773   Ocean Beach $886 130
Mary Walker No union   Colville $886 131
Marysville $1,179   Finley $886 132
McCleary $795   East Valley $885 133
Mead $1,026   Nooksack Valley $884 134
Medical Lake $814   Ridgefield $884 135
Mercer Island $978   Mossyrock $883 136
Meridian $918   Rainier $883 137
Methow Valley $844   Shelton $883 138
Mill $770   Centralia $882 139
Monroe $1,101   Taholah $881 140
Montesano $887   Mount Adams $879 141
Morton $875   Conway $878 142
Moses Lake $996   Darrington $878 143
Mossyrock $883   Orting $878 144
Mount Adams $879   Morton $875 145
Mount Baker $938   Asotin-Anatone $874 146
Mount Pleasant No union   Garfield $874 147
Mount Vernon $1,082   Kalama $874 148
Mukilteo $1,103   Naselle Grays River $874 149
Naches Valley $891   Harrington $874 150
Napavine $982   Liberty $874 151
Naselle Grays River $874   Nine Mile Falls $874 152
Nespelem $829   Palouse $874 153
Newport $838   Clarkston $873 154
Nine Mile Falls $874   La Conner $872 155
Nooksack Valley $884   Soap Lake $871 156
North Beach $907   Freeman $869 157
North Franklin $828   White River $866 158
North Kitsap $1,099   Okanogan $863 159
North Mason $821   Trout Lake $862 160
North River $934   Dayton & Starbuck $862 161
North Thurston $1,042   Othello $862 162
Northport $829   Royal $860 163
Northshore $1,057   Granger $859 164
Oak Harbor $1,110   Chewelah $850 165
Oakesdale $764   Cusick $850 166
Oakville $896   Adna  $847 167
Ocean Beach $886   White Pass $847 168
Ocosta $835   Methow Valley $844 169
Odessa $764   Pullman $844 170
Okanogan $863   Wahluke $844 171
Olympia $1,032   Toppenish $843 172
Omak $889   Selkirk $842 173
Onalaska $823   Lake Chelan $841 174
Onion Creek No union   Newport $838 175
Orcas $986   Sequim $835 176
Orchard Prairie No union   Ocosta $835 177
Orient No union   Quinault Lake  $835 178
Orondo $781   Highland $831 179
Oroville $810   Lyle  $831 180
Orting $878   Stevenson-Carson $830 181
Othello $862   Cashmere $829 182
Palisades No union   Entiat $829 183
Palouse $874   Nespelem $829 184
Pasco $1,063   Northport $829 185
Pateros $817   Tonasket $829 186
Paterson No union   North Franklin $828 187
Pe Ell $785   Colfax $826 188
Peninsula $977   Colton $826 189
Pioneer $761   Forks $825 190
Pomeroy No union   Wahkiakum $824 191
Port Angeles $821   Onalaska $823 192
Port Townsend $925   North Mason $821 193
Prescott $752   Port Angeles $821 194
Prosser $802   Pateros $817 195
Pullman $844   Raymond $815 196
Puyallup $986   Vader $814 197
Queets-Clearwater No Union?   Medical Lake $814 198
Quilcene $809   Republic $814 199
Quinault Lake  $835   Ritzville $814 200
Quincy $889   Wellpinit $814 201
Rainier $883   Oroville $810 202
Raymond $815   Quilcene $809 203
Reardan-Edwall $790   Brewster $805 204
Renton $1,004   Prosser $802 205
Republic $814   Touchet $802 206
Richland $1,043   White Salmon Valley $801 207
Ridgefield $884   Chimacum $797 208
Ritzville $814   Willapa Valley $796 209
Riverside $994   Easton $796 210
Riverview $958   McCleary $795 211
Rochester $887   South Bend $795 212
Roosevelt No union   Inchelium $794 213
Rosalia $764   Reardan-Edwall $790 214
Royal $860   Wishkah Valley $790 215
San Juan Island $962   Glenwood $789 216
Satsop No union   Cosmopolis $785 217
Seattle $1,013   Eatonville $785 218
Sedro-Woolley $1,118   Pe Ell $785 219
Selah $938   Goldendale $783 220
Selkirk $842   Centerville $781 221
Sequim $835   Klickatat $781 222
Shaw Island No union   Orondo $781 223
Shelton $883   Thorp $781 224
Shoreline $1,164   Wishram $781 225
Skamania No union   Green Mountain $780 226
Skykomish $1,032   Bridgeport $779 227
Snohomish $1,126   Ephrata $779 228
Snoqualmie $965   Mansfield $779 229
Soap Lake $871   Manson $779 230
South Bend $795   Warden $779 231
South Kitsap $1,017   Wilson Creek $779 232
South Whidbey $933   Wilbur $778 233
Southside $735   Mary M Knight $773 234
Spokane $1,123   Mill $770 235
Sprague-Lamont (Local Only)   Crescent $765 236
St John (Local Only) $24   Columbia (Stevens) $764 237
Stanwood $1,152   Davenport $764 238
Star No union   Endicott $764 239
Starbuck No Union?   Lind $764 240
Stehekin No union   Oakesdale $764 241
Steilacoom Historical $915   Odessa $764 242
Steptoe No union   Rosalia $764 243
Stevenson-Carson $830   Tekoa $764 244
Sultan $984   Washtucna $764 245
Summit Valley No union   Cape Flattery $762 246
Sumner $962   Hood Canal $761 247
Sunnyside $925   Pioneer $761 248
Tacoma $955   Grapeview $758 249
Taholah $881   Loon Lake $754 250
Tahoma $970   Kahlotus $752 251
Tekoa $764   Prescott $752 252
Tenino $958   Waitsburg $752 253
Thorp $781   Creston $735 254
Toledo $895   Southside $735 255
Tonasket $829   Dieringer $723 256
Toppenish $843   Waterville $180 Local only
Touchet $802   St John $24 Local only
Toutle Lake  $934   Sprague-Lamont Local only
Trout Lake $862   Almira No union  
Tukwila $1,009   Benge No union  
Tumwater $992   Bickleton No union  
Union Gap $891   Boistfort No union  
University Place $942   Brinnon No union  
Vader $814   Carbonado No union  
Valley No union   College Place No union?  
Vancouver $912   Coulee-Hartline No union?  
Vashon Island $895   Curlew No union?  
Wahkiakum $824   Damman No union  
Wahluke $844   Dixie No union  
Waitsburg $752   Evaline No union  
Walla Walla $993   Evergreen (Stevens) No union  
Wapato $915   Great Northern No union?  
Warden $779   Index No union  
Washougal $890   Keller No union  
Washtucna $764   Lacrosse No union?  
Waterville (Local only) $180   Mary Walker No union?  
Wellpinit $814   Mount Pleasant No union  
Wenatchee $1,053   Onion Creek No union  
West Valley (Spokane) $958   Orchard Prairie No union  
West Valley (Yakima) $920   Orient No union  
White Pass $847   Palisades No union  
White River $866   Paterson No union  
White Salmon Valley $801   Pomeroy No union  
Wilbur $778   Queets-Clearwater No union?  
Willapa Valley $796   Roosevelt No union  
Wilson Creek $779   Satsop No union  
Winlock $955   Shaw Island No union  
Wishkah Valley $790   Skamania No union  
Wishram $781   Star No union  
Woodland $934   Starbuck No union?  
Yakima $1,047   Stehekin No union  
Yelm Community $958   Steptoe No union  
Zillah $943   Summit Valley No union  
      Valley No union  
State Average $997        

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