Washington Teachers’ Union FAQs
Why should I become a full member of the Washington Teachers' Union?
Becoming a full member gives you full voting rights and guarantees your full participation in all governance of WTU. It allows your voice to be heard and counted. Full membership assures you of participating in and staying abreast of pertinent matters. You’ll get the opportunity to attend meetings, conferences, stakeholder events and serve as a delegate to conventions and conferences of the AFT, our parent organization.
You will also be able to enhance your skills and your pay, by taking union-offered professional development, graduate and re-certification courses from graduate schools, universities and our own Teacher Center, all at a significantly reduced cost.
How do I become a full member?
You can become a full member by contacting WTU membership services and requesting an application at 202-293-8616 or by clicking here (link to member application). You may also contact your WTU Field Services Specialist at 202-293-8600 or the WTU Building Representative at your local school.
How much are WTU dues and how are they used?
Full membership union dues are $36.08 per pay period. WTU dues help pay expenses for various services the union provides to its members, such as: legal services, training, contract negotiation expenses, communications with members and operating the organization.
When are union meetings and where are they held?
The WTU Constitution requires two membership meetings to be held during each school year. Additionally, there are eight monthly representative assembly meetings held for building representatives. These meetings are open to general members as well.
As a full dues paying member, you may attend the general and representative assembly meetings as well as receive frequent communications from your Union about benefits and privileges reserved for members only.