Teachers will be paying more than $1,000 per year union dues to CTU by 2011

By George N. Schmidt

Union dues for teachers who are members of the Chicago Teachers Union will be increasing dramatically over the next four years, with the burden hitting the newer teachers the hardest (as a percentage of total annual income). Dues for PSRPs will increase substantially, but not as much.

The dues increase since Stewart took office is $80. That’s 5 percent per year. “What was our raise again?” Delegate John Kugler of Hyde Park High School asks.

The dues in 2006 - 2007 were $832 for teachers.

In 2007- 2008, dues are $870.36, an increase of $38.36.

In 2008—2009, the dues for teachers will be $912, an increase of $41.64.

By the time the contract negotiated by Marilyn Stewart expires in June 2012, union dues for teachers who are CTU members will be well over $1,000 per teacher per year. Dues for PSRPs are pegged at a lower rate than teacher dues.

Even the lowest paid teachers who are union members — cadre substitutes — pay full teacher dues. By the time the Stewart contract ends, the average CPS teacher will be paying more than one percent of her annual pay in dues to Marilyn Stewart’s CTU, with the lowest paid teachers forced to pay as much as two percent of annual pay. 


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