What are my dues and where do they go are often two questions that get asked by union members. Those are very legitimate questions and I hope to give some clarity.
First let me discuss how dues are assessed. Unlike the teachers whose dues are based on the full time equivalency (FTEs), the dues for educational support professionals (ESPs) of which paraprofessionals are one of the categories are assessed dues based on their earnings. This is done by taking the state average salary for teachers and then breaking that down into percentages based on that salary. Currently, the average salary