CCEA knows the importance of collective unity. It is why CCEA invests its resources to recruit and retain more members than any other NSEA local affiliate. CCEA supports & engages more educators through professional development, National Board Certification, and Political Action, Organizing, and Representation, making it one of NEA’s largest locals.
REAL UNITY comes with FAIRNESS.
Fairness in resources is critical so that CCEA can win for its members & ensure their success despite the growing challenges. CCEA members deserve more.
The graph shows the breakdown of your union dues.
Only 30% stays with CCEA. That’s $243.84 out of $810.50
members pay annually. But 47% goes to NSEA that’s over
$4.1 million a year.
Why Have Dues Gone Up?
Well in fact, in the last 6 years CCEA has only raised dues by 8 cents. But NSEA has raised their dues by $26.42 in that same period.
Does NSEA give Dues Money back to CCEA?
Only about 8% ($350,000) of the $4.1 million NSEA receives from CCEA members returns to CCEA annually. It comes in the form of a grant to help pay for some CCEA staff at a fraction of what the real costs are.
Why is this not fair for CCEA?
Unlike other locals in Nevada, CCEA provides collective bargaining, fights arbitrations and unfair labor practices, provides professional development and NBCT, recruits and retains membership, successfully advocates for educators in the Legislature, and provides SOT empowerment. CCEA does so with only 30% of the member dues collected. CCEA serves 11,000 members, which makes up over half of the total Nevada State Union membership.
On August 18, 2017, CCEA filed a lawsuit against NSEA. This FAQ is intended to answer and address the questions we have been asked and address member concerns:
Why did CCEA file this lawsuit?
For six months, CCEA requested financial information from NSEA, and received no response. CCEA has also requested to re-negotiate the contract for dues remittance that was in place with NSEA and NEA. However, NSEA refused to negotiate. So when it expired on September 1 there was no contract in place to collect dues for NSEA, and CCEA had no choice but to file a lawsuit in court.
What is the Lawsuit about?
In short the lawsuit is around:
NSEA’s refusal to provide financial information about how they are spending CCEA member dues and the return on the money going to NSEA. They have a fiduciary duty to provide such information.
Refusal to negotiate a new Contract for Dues Remittance, required under NSEA/NEA Bylaws.
What does this mean for members?
CCEA would like to assure all members that we are doing everything we can to try and resolve this dispute, and are taking measures to ensure that every member’s rights & benefits are protected during this process. In the meantime, as advised by legal counsel, the dues money in dispute has been safely placed in an escrow account.
Why does CCEA need more Dues to stay at CCEA?
The costs of winning for members have increased. Currently, CCEA is fighting to protect members against CCSD’s efforts to freeze salaries and force everyone on an HMO. We have asked NSEA for assistance, but have been denied. How is this Unity when members are at risk? This is about our members. Now more than ever, educators need support and resources to succeed in the classroom.
How has CCEA been successful in the last few years?
CCEA won significant legislation in the 2015 & 2017 Legislative Sessions to provide more funding for education, good policy around school evaluations, and school climate. This past session CCEA led the effort to pass a bill that would have required CCSD to set aside money for educators’ salaries—a bill that NSEA did not support. In 2016, CCEA settled a groundbreaking contract with CCSD resulting in one of the best pay schedules for educators in the Western United States. CCEA later successfully defended the Professional Growth Schedule in court when CCSD tried to make unilateral changes that would harm educators.
What is CCEA ultimately asking for?
We want to ensure that CCEA member dues are being used for CCEA members and their needs. It’s the fair thing to do. Ultimately, CCEA is asking to keep more of member dues at CCEA and send less to NSEA. CCEA wants Unity with Fairness.
Why do we say this is about Fairness?
In order for CCEA to succeed in our mission to support educators, more financial resources are needed. A majority of CCEA dues goes to other locals in Nevada. We provide over 60% of NSEA revenue. We want to help others but our members must come first. Over 85% of CCEA members polled this past spring stated they believed that more dues money should stay with CCEA for members.