Membership Dues for the 2015 – 2016
The new MTA membership dues were adopted by the 2015 Delegates at the Annual Meeting in May 2015. 

General Information
All active members must be unified, which means that they must join the National Association
(NEA), State Association (MTA) and the Local Association where available.

Once a person signs a membership application, he or she is responsible for paying the full annual
dues assessed whether payment is made via check or payroll deduction. 

 Active members who terminate employment on or before January 31st will be assessed half dues.  Those who terminate
employment after January 31st will be assessed full dues.  

A sixty day written notice of termination of payroll deduction is required by law.  However, this in no way affects 
the responsibility for the full payment of dues assessed.

*Important Note:  All NEA dues figures other than full‐time active dues involve a fee calculation in
addition to the standard percentage calculations described below.  Please be sure to use the pre‐
calculated dues amounts listed on the Membership Types and Dues Obligations chart, which has
been provided to make it easier for you to assign a dues value to each membership type.  Do not
calculate your own dues based on the percentages discussed below


Full‐Time vs. Part‐Time Active Membership  
As per the MTA Bylaws, the annual dues of active members shall be the amount approved by the
Annual Meeting of Delegates.  The full‐time dues and part‐time dues rates are then determined by
membership category and employment level.   

Members employed at 50% or less of a full‐time position in a given school system are assessed 50%
of the MTA dues of full‐time active members within their membership category.   

Members employed at 25% or less of a full‐time position in a given school system are assessed 50%
of the MTA dues of full‐time active members within their membership category, but are eligible for
a NEA dues reduction of 25%* of the NEA dues of full‐time active members within their
membership category.

Minimal Base Salary or Annual Income
Members whose base salary for or annual income from the employment that qualifies them for
MTA membership is less than eighteen thousand dollars ($18,000.00) are assessed 30% of the
annual dues of full‐time active professional members.

Members whose base salary for or annual income from the employment that qualifies them for
MTA membership is less than nine thousand dollars ($9,000.00) are assessed 30% of the annual
dues of full‐time active professional members.

Involuntary Termination
Members who are involuntarily terminated and who are litigating that termination under the MTA
Legal Services Policy are assessed 50% dues while litigation is pending.

Reduction in Force or Unpaid Leave
Members laid off due to a reduction in force are able to continue active membership through their
prior local association for as long as they are eligible to be recalled, or for three (3) years, whichever
is longer.  Members who opt to maintain this membership are assessed 50%* of the NEA dues and
15% of the MTA dues of full‐time active members within their membership category.   

Members on an unpaid leave of absence for a full membership year are assessed 50%* of the NEA
dues and 15% of the MTA dues of full‐time active members within their membership category.   
Members on an unpaid leave of absence for half a membership year or more, are assessed 50%* of
the NEA dues and 50% of the MTA dues of full‐time active members within their membership
category.   

Members on an unpaid leave of absence for some duration of time less than a half membership
year are assessed full NEA and MTA dues for their standard membership category and employment
level.

Members on an unpaid leave of absence may opt to cancel their membership for the duration of a
leave where permitted by the local association contract.  These individuals must complete a new
membership application upon their return in order to be reenrolled in the association.

Note:  A number of NEA and MTA Benefits programs require maintenance of continuous
membership to retain eligibility for services.  Please be sure any members on leave are aware of this
prior to cancelling their membership.

Employment Date Reductions
Members whose employment starts after November 14th, February 1st
, or April 14th of a given
membership year are assessed 75%*, 50%*, or 25%* of NEA and MTA dues, respectively.  (See the
2014‐2015 Employment Date Dues Reductions chart for codes and rates.)

Miscellaneous Active Memberships
(Note:  The miscellaneous active memberships all require individuals to enroll directly through MTA
membership accounting rather than through a local association.  Information pertaining to these
membership types is being provided so that you might be able to answer questions or transmit
information about these options to your membership should the need arise.)
  
MTA Associate Membership is available to those persons interested in the advancement of the
cause of education who are not otherwise eligible for active membership.  Unification is not
required.  Applications for associate membership must be reviewed by the MTA Executive
Committee.  Once approved, associate members are assessed 50% of the MTA dues of full‐time
active members.

MTA Family Membership is available to the family members of an active or retired member so long
as they are sponsored by the active or retired member, they are not residing in the sponsoring
member’s household, and they are not otherwise eligible for active membership.  Eligible family
members include the mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, or surviving spouse of an active
or retired member.  Family members are not assessed any membership dues.

Miscellaneous Active Memberships (continued)
NEA Direct Reserve Membership is available to any person who is on a leave of absence of at least
six months from the employment that qualifies him or her active membership, or who has held
active membership, but whose employment status no longer qualifies that individual for such
membership.  Unification is not required.  NEA direct reserve members are assessed 50% of the
NEA dues of full‐time active members within their membership category.   

Individual Membership is available to administrators or principals who would be eligible for active
membership but who have no local association through which to join NEA and MTA.  Individual
members are assessed both NEA and MTA full‐time active professional dues and must remit
payment in a lump sum by check.

Student Membership is available to any student enrolled at an accredited institution of higher
learning in a program that is preparatory for employment in a position that would make him or her
eligible for active membership.  Student members may enroll through the local Student Education
Association of Massachusetts (SEAM) chapter at their school or may enroll online with a Visa or
MasterCard by clicking the “Join Now” link at www.nea.org/student.

Reserve Membership (MTA Legal) is available to former active members who are not litigating their
termination but have a legal dispute arising out of the facts of their separation from employment,
provided that such individuals must be members of the MTA and NEA but are not required to be
members of a local association affiliate.  Reserve members are not eligible for MTA legal services
unrelated to their separation from employment and eligibility to MTA reserve membership shall
terminate when such litigation ends.  Reserve members are assessed 50% of the NEA and MTA dues
of full‐time active members within their membership category.   

Retired Memberships
(Note:  The retired memberships all require individuals to enroll directly through MTA membership
accounting rather than through a local association.  Information pertaining to these membership
types is being provided so that you might be able to answer questions or transmit information about
these options to your membership should the need arise.)

Retired Membership is available to any retired employee of a school district, college or university
who was an active member in good standing for at least five (5) consecutive years immediately
prior to retirement, where membership was available as determined by Board policy.   

Any individual who is eligible for any category of active membership is not eligible for retired
membership.

Both MTA and NEA offer annual or lifetime retired membership options.  In order to fulfill unification
requirements, members must join both MTA Retired and NEA Retired, but they are not required to have
the same level of membership in each.  For example, enrolling as NEA annual and MTA lifetime is
acceptable. 
  
At the age of 80, a person who has been paying retired membership dues annually will continue to
hold MTA membership with no dues assessment provided that the NEA dues requirement is
maintained.

Retired Memberships (continued)
Any active member over the age of 40 years of age may pre‐pay for retired lifetime membership at
the cost of the lifetime membership for that given membership year.  These members are
categorized as pre‐retired.  

Retiring members may contact the membership accounting staff to request a retired membership
application or may enroll online with a Visa or MasterCard by clicking the “purchase or renew your
membership” link at www.massteacher.org/retired.
Local associations may also contact the membership accounting staff to request paperwork in order
to purchase retired memberships as gifts for their retiring members.