Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Collective Bargaining?
Answers to 12 of the most commonly asked questions about collective bargaining and contracts are found in Shape education’s future: BARGAIN. As of May 29, 2007, public employees reclaimed the right to collective bargain in the state of Missouri.
2. What's the difference between Missouri National Education Association and Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA)?
More than just a name separates the two associations. Contact an MNEA regional office in your area to discuss the differences.
3. I am an MNEA member. How do I change my contact information?
Information such as name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address can be changed by using the Contact Information form or by calling Sigrid Enloe at 573-634-3202.
4. My spouse is a member of MNEA and NEA. Why should we both join?
The benefits of membership accrue only to members. For example, legal protection applies only to individual members. You would never think of carrying health insurance on just one member of your family. Joining the Association should be thought of as "career insurance."
5. Why do MNEA dues differ from local to local?
The Representative Assembly, which is composed of local delegates from all over the state, sets the dues amount for the year. The delegates decided that those who earn lower salaries should pay lower dues and those who are paid higher salaries should pay higher dues. Even the highest MNEA dues are “capped" so there is a limit to the dues increase members in any local will realize from one year to the next.
6. Why do MNEA members also pay NEA dues?
This is part of MNEA's affiliation with NEA. So many of the services offered to members are integrated programs that are funded by NEA. For example, if you were to need assistance from an attorney, MNEA and NEA would each pay half of your legal costs. The UniServ program, which places professional staff to provide services to members in their locals, is partially funded by NEA. Many of our member benefits programs provide discounts because of NEA's large membership.
7. Is MNEA a union or a professional association?
We are both. A union advocates for its members. The American Bar Association and the American Medical Association both qualify as unions. And like the MNEA and NEA, they are also professional associations. Education employees are in an unusual category because what affects employees also affects children. A teacher’s working conditions are a child's learning conditions.
While NEA and MNEA offer rights and protections for members, we also are solid resources for the latest and best information on teaching and learning.
8. What if I don't agree with the organization?
We believe MNEA and NEA are the best choice for solid support of children and school employees. As a member, if you disagree with a position or policy, you have dozens of opportunities to change the direction of the group. But if you choose not to be a member, you will not be able to voice your opinion at the Representative Assemblies, committees, leadership academies, listservs, etc. Rather than formulate pre-conceived notions of the MNEA, use the reduced dues program for new members and try us out.
How to join Missouri NEA.