ATPE’s unique philosophy distinguishes it from all other organizations. As a professional association, ATPE believes it takes everyone working together to improve Texas public schools. This collaborative philosophy is evident in our legislative program
and a diverse membership that includes all types of public school employees.
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The Texas State Teachers Association is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA). TSTA espouses a labor union philosophy and supports exclusive consultation and collective bargaining. TSTA/NEA dues can climb in excess of $460 per year. With TSTA’s membership declining in some parts of the state, the group has discussed a merger with Texas AFT at the state level. Some TSTA local affiliates have already merged with their local Texas AFT affiliates. TSTA has approximately 48,000 members.
Texas AFT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and AFL-CIO. AFT and NEA have been working on a national merger of the two unions as well as a merger in Texas between the two state affiliates for several years. Texas AFT has spearheaded local mergers between the two unions and has encouraged local school boards to enter into union-style exclusive consultation arrangements in several school districts. Texas AFT’s annual dues can exceed $600. Texas AFT has more than 64,000 members.
If there is no organized local, Texas AFT offers a low-dues introductory membership. Once a local is organized, dues will rise to more than $400 per year.
The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is not affiliated with any national organization. TCTA membership is limited to certified professional personnel (excluding administrators) and certified support personnel. The group’s philosophy is that administrators’ interests are inherently adverse to those of other educators. TCTA has approximately 50,000 members. Current professional state dues are $140.
The United Educators Association Inc. is a for-profit organization with members concentrated in the Fort Worth area. Its annual professional dues can be as much as $225. UEA has more than 20,000 members.
The Texas Association of Community Schools is an association of more than 700 small, rural and mid-sized school districts that each have only one high school. The school district is considered the member. Employees of member districts can pay a reduced rate for limited liability and employment rights insurance, but these employees have no other substantive member benefits or representation.