Washington Teachers’ Union FAQs
How does the Washington Teachers' Union work?
Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) is a democratic organization of co-workers. The basic idea of a union is that by joining together with co-workers everyone has a greater opportunity to enjoy improved working conditions.
Why should I become a full member of the Washington Teachers' Union?
Becoming a full member gives you full voting rights. 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 for WTU and AFT, our parent organization.
You will also be eligible to enhance your skills and your pay, by taking union offered professional development, graduate and re-certification courses from Trinity, Catholic and George Washington Universities at a significantly reduced cost.
You will also be able to be able to join several active committees including:
· Common Core Standards/Teaching & Learning Review Committee
· Committee on Political Education (COPE)
· Special Education Task Force
· Early Childhood Education Committee
· Elementary Education Committee
· Secondary Education Committee
· Related/Ancillary Services Committee
· Career Development Task Force
· WTU Special Events Committee
How do I become a full member?
You can become a full member by contacting 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 Representative 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 and delegates. These meetings are considered the business meetings of the organization and are open to general members as well.
As a full dues paying member, you may attend the general and representative assembly meetings and receive frequent communications for your Union about benefits and privileges reserved for members only.
What can WTU guarantee?
The union can guarantee that when workers stick together, we have more bargaining power than you do individually. Collectively we have a better chance of making improvements in teaching and learning.