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“PSTA doesn’t do anything for me.”
Mention legal assistance
“My husband/wife always joins. No need for us both to pay.”
Don’t both of you need the benefits of PSTA’s legal protection and liability? Your membership only covers you, not a spouse.
Talk about professionalism. You take home two paychecks, and you both need a membership. If you were both doctors, you would both be part of the American Medical Association.
“I can’t afford $149.00.”
Mention how valuable PSTA legal services are in a time of need. Talk about the peace of mind that comes from having attorneys on your side. You dues are $149 for a year…an attorney costs more than $149PER HOUR!
“PSTA has no national affiliation.”
Education is a state function–more than 70 percent of the money for public education in South Carolina comes from within the state. That is why PSTA concentrates most of its lobbying efforts in the SC General Assembly. In addition to our strong lobbying efforts in Columbia, PSTA does do work on the national level. Our leaders meet with the Coalition of Independent Education Associations each year to work on national issues, and our registered lobbyists meet frequently with our Congressmen.
“I don’t see why I should be expected to join a professional organization. I don’t consider teaching a profession.”
Teaching is a profession and professional people affiliate with professional associations in their field. Educators need a strong professional organization to look out for their interests. A strong professional organization can provide the services members want and need. PSTA also stands for your freedom to join or not join the group of your choice. Without PSTA, you could be forced to pay dues to a union like many teachers in other states.
ADEPT, South Carolina’s evaluation instrument for teachers defines professionalism as a required area in APS 10. The first area of that APS discusses advocacy. Joining Palmetto State Teachers Association shows your professionalism and advocacy for education.
“I don’t agree with a lot of things that PSTA does.”
Do you agree with everything that the General Assembly does? Does that mean you choose not to participate in the democratic process? The majority must rule. If you want to bring about change, you should become involved and make your concerns known.
Palmetto State Teachers Association is governed by a Board of Directors who are full time teachers. Each year, they come together with input from teachers in their respective areas of the state to compile PSTA’s Legislative Agenda. PSTA members are always given the opportunity to give input on what should be included in each year’s agenda.
“PSTA opposes collective bargaining which I think would help teachers.”
Collective bargaining is a process granted to labor unions under the National Labor Relations Act. PSTA believes the teaching profession and the education of children can best be served through cooperation and negotiation among teachers, administrators and school boards, rather than the traditional adversarial roles of labor unions and management.
“I belong to my subject area association. Why should I join PSTA?”
Most of the subject area associations do not have the legal and liability coverage that PSTA offers. Remember, this covers you in the classroom, coaching, field trips, recess duty…anything you are doing for your job. We also cover guidance counselors, school nurses, and any other individual who works in a public school.
“PSTA dues are only $149 and other organizations charge nearly 3-4 times that amount. Don’t you get what you pay for?”
Some other organizations send money to national unions. PSTA members’ dues stay here in South Carolina working for the students and teachers in South Carolina. Palmetto State Teachers Association does not support, financially or otherwise, any political candidate or party. The Board of Directors for PSTA and our school and district representatives do not receive payment for the positions they hold. They are all full time teachers who volunteer their time for the organization. All of these are factors in why PSTA’s dues are lower than other similar organizations.
Please remember: All school and district reps are automatically added to the Legislative Alert Network so you can keep the teachers in your school up-to-date.