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Why should I join AFT-West Virginia? 
AFT-West Virginia is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—a national union with 1.5 million members. The organization represents educational employees, some other public employees, and nurses throughout the country. The national officers of AFT are elected in even-numbered years by delegates elected to its national convention. AFT is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, the AFL-CIO. When you join your local union of AFT, you automatically become a part of both the statewide AFT-WV and the nationwide American Federation of Teachers.

It is important to belong to an organization that can represent your interests at all levels, not least at the national level. For example, the No Child Left Behind Act on the federal level affects every educational employee in the country. AFT is headquartered in Washington, D.C., giving voice to our concerns about NCLB and pursuing our interests in the federal Department of Education rule-making process. AFT also continues to pursue passage of the Social Security Fairness Act that would remove penalties suffered by many public employees on both their own earned Social Security benefit and their spousal benefit.

Our affiliation with the national AFL-CIO also serves your interest. Ten million working Americans are members of 55 unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. We joinwith those members as partners in a movement that wants fair treatment for all workers. These AFL-CIO members are the parents of the children we teach. They are our natural allies, and we likewise support their efforts to secure decent wages, hours, and conditions of employment in their workplaces.

How do I join AFT-WV? 
Call 1-800-222-9838 to request an information packet and membership application. At this time, online application is not possible, as your signature is required on the application form. 

How much does AFT-WV membership cost?

Chartered locals: For full-service AFT-WV local union membership, the cost of membership will vary depending upon local dues and the month in which you join. The member pays all of the dues to the local, and the local forwards a percentage of “per capita” payments to the state and national affiliates (at a rate determined democratically in state and national conventions). Again, the dues will vary, because a local union can set its own total dues amount in accord with the wishes of its local members. Your local AFT-WV officers or state AFT office can tell you what the dues amount is for your local.

Counties where no AFT-WV local union currently exists: You can obtain membership in AFT as either a full member or as an associate member, referred to as the AFT-WV Professional Educator Group (PEG) membership. PEG membership is specially designed to serve the needs of teacher employees in districts that don’t yet have an AFT local union. For more information about joining AFT-WV, call 1-800-222-9838.

When can I join?  There is no calendar-year deadline to join the union, and members generally pay only the proportionate share of dues owed for a membership year. However, prospective members need to know that they cannot join the union and expect legalrepresentation regarding events or job-related problems that precede their membership date. To explain by analogy, you can’t buy fire insurance after the building is ablaze.
 

How do I know that the AFT-West Virginia is the best organization to join?
If you believe that it is important to have strong representation at the national, state,and local levels, then AFT-West Virginia is the organization for you.

If you believe that it is difficult or even impossible for an organization to represent both administrators and non-administrators at the same time, then AFT-West Virginia is the organization for you.  Other groups accept principals, superintendents, and other administrators as members—the very same peoplewith whom you may have a conflictthat needs resolution. Would you hire a lawyer to defend you who was also employed by the prosecution?

If you believe that it takes an entire team to educate a child, and that the team includes all non-supervisory personnel at your school, including the bus driver, the cafeteria worker, the custodian, classroom aides and other support personnel, then AFT-West Virginia is the organization for you. The 8000-member WV School Service Personnel Association agreed that AFT was the right choice for them, when they affiliated with AFT-WV last year as an independent local within the AFT state federation.

If you believe that even members in areas too small, too remote or without available strong local leadership deserve some opportunity to join a union at a dues amount they can justify, then you will appreciate the AFT-WV's Professional Educators Group.

If you believe passionately in public education as the very bedrock of democracy, believe that democracy deserves to be extended into the workplace to include collective bargaining for all educational employees, and that you get what you pay for, then you will be at home with membership in AFT-West Virginia. 

How will I know that I am a member?
You will receive a membership packet of information about benefits within a month of joining. You will also begin to receive local, state, and national publications, some targeted to your particular employment classification. If you don’t hear from us, please call your local or state affiliate (1-800-222-9838) and they will make sure that your contact information is up to date and these resources and publications are on their way to you.

- See more at: http://wv.aft.org/about-us/frequently-asked-questions-about-aft-wv#sthash.QWAfJd3v.dpuf

Why should I join AFT-West Virginia? 
AFT-West Virginia is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—a national union with 1.5 million members. The organization represents educational employees, some other public employees, and nurses throughout the country. The national officers of AFT are elected in even-numbered years by delegates elected to its national convention. AFT is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, the AFL-CIO. When you join your local union of AFT, you automatically become a part of both the statewide AFT-WV and the nationwide American Federation of Teachers.

It is important to belong to an organization that can represent your interests at all levels, not least at the national level. For example, the No Child Left Behind Act on the federal level affects every educational employee in the country. AFT is headquartered in Washington, D.C., giving voice to our concerns about NCLB and pursuing our interests in the federal Department of Education rule-making process. AFT also continues to pursue passage of the Social Security Fairness Act that would remove penalties suffered by many public employees on both their own earned Social Security benefit and their spousal benefit.

Our affiliation with the national AFL-CIO also serves your interest. Ten million working Americans are members of 55 unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. We joinwith those members as partners in a movement that wants fair treatment for all workers. These AFL-CIO members are the parents of the children we teach. They are our natural allies, and we likewise support their efforts to secure decent wages, hours, and conditions of employment in their workplaces.

How do I join AFT-WV? 
Call 1-800-222-9838 to request an information packet and membership application. At this time, online application is not possible, as your signature is required on the application form. 

How much does AFT-WV membership cost?

Chartered locals: For full-service AFT-WV local union membership, the cost of membership will vary depending upon local dues and the month in which you join. The member pays all of the dues to the local, and the local forwards a percentage of “per capita” payments to the state and national affiliates (at a rate determined democratically in state and national conventions). Again, the dues will vary, because a local union can set its own total dues amount in accord with the wishes of its local members. Your local AFT-WV officers or state AFT office can tell you what the dues amount is for your local.

Counties where no AFT-WV local union currently exists: You can obtain membership in AFT as either a full member or as an associate member, referred to as the AFT-WV Professional Educator Group (PEG) membership. PEG membership is specially designed to serve the needs of teacher employees in districts that don’t yet have an AFT local union. For more information about joining AFT-WV, call 1-800-222-9838.

When can I join?  There is no calendar-year deadline to join the union, and members generally pay only the proportionate share of dues owed for a membership year. However, prospective members need to know that they cannot join the union and expect legalrepresentation regarding events or job-related problems that precede their membership date. To explain by analogy, you can’t buy fire insurance after the building is ablaze.
 

How do I know that the AFT-West Virginia is the best organization to join?
If you believe that it is important to have strong representation at the national, state,and local levels, then AFT-West Virginia is the organization for you.

If you believe that it is difficult or even impossible for an organization to represent both administrators and non-administrators at the same time, then AFT-West Virginia is the organization for you.  Other groups accept principals, superintendents, and other administrators as members—the very same peoplewith whom you may have a conflictthat needs resolution. Would you hire a lawyer to defend you who was also employed by the prosecution?

If you believe that it takes an entire team to educate a child, and that the team includes all non-supervisory personnel at your school, including the bus driver, the cafeteria worker, the custodian, classroom aides and other support personnel, then AFT-West Virginia is the organization for you. The 8000-member WV School Service Personnel Association agreed that AFT was the right choice for them, when they affiliated with AFT-WV last year as an independent local within the AFT state federation.

If you believe that even members in areas too small, too remote or without available strong local leadership deserve some opportunity to join a union at a dues amount they can justify, then you will appreciate the AFT-WV's Professional Educators Group.

If you believe passionately in public education as the very bedrock of democracy, believe that democracy deserves to be extended into the workplace to include collective bargaining for all educational employees, and that you get what you pay for, then you will be at home with membership in AFT-West Virginia. 

How will I know that I am a member?
You will receive a membership packet of information about benefits within a month of joining. You will also begin to receive local, state, and national publications, some targeted to your particular employment classification. If you don’t hear from us, please call your local or state affiliate (1-800-222-9838) and they will make sure that your contact information is up to date and these resources and publications are on their way to you.

- See more at: http://wv.aft.org/about-us/frequently-asked-questions-about-aft-wv#sthash.QWAfJd3v.dpuf

How do I join AFT-WV?

Teachers can join by completing the Online Membership Form for Teachers.

Service Personnel can join by completing the Online Membership Form for Service Personnel.

Need more information?

Call 1-800-222-9838 to request an information packet and membership application. You can also request a membership packet by emailing us at info@aftwv.org.

How much does AFT-WV membership cost?

Chartered locals: For full-service AFT-WV local union membership, the cost of membership will vary depending upon local dues and the month in which you join. The member pays all of the dues to the local, and the local forwards a percentage of “per capita” payments to the state and national affiliates (at a rate determined democratically in state and national conventions). Again, the dues will vary, because a local union can set its own total dues amount in accord with the wishes of its local members. Your local AFT-WV officers or state AFT office can tell you what the dues amount is for your local.

Counties where no AFT-WV local union currently exists: You can obtain membership in AFT as either a full member or as an associate member, referred to as the AFT-WV Professional Educator Group (PEG) membership. PEG membership is specially designed to serve the needs of teacher employees in districts that don’t yet have an AFT local union. For more information about joining AFT-WV, call 1-800-222-9838.

When can I join?

There is no calendar-year deadline to join the union, and members generally pay only the proportionate share of dues owed for a membership year. However, prospective members need to know that they cannot join the union and expect legal representation regarding events or job-related problems that precede their membership date. To explain by analogy, you can’t buy fire insurance after the building is ablaze.
 

How will I know that I am a member?
You will receive a membership packet of information about benefits within a month of joining. You will also begin to receive local, state, and national publications, some targeted to your particular employment classification. If you don’t hear from us, please call your local or state affiliate (1-800-222-9838) and they will make sure that your contact information is up to date and these resources and publications are on their way to you.