UTLA Dues Breakdown Pie Chart

UTLA BuildingBecause UTLA owns its own property, it has a net gain each year of approx. $500,000. If UTLA had to lease instead of own and forgo additional revenue from tenants, its budget would be negatively impacted by approx. $2.5M a year.

Why Membership Dues?

UTLA member dues fund union activities throughout the year. All UTLA members, from first-year teachers to veteran educators, pay the same amount in dues. Those dues fund all of the work of the union and contribute to the strength of our state and national affiliates.

UTLA’s dues are the lowest among teachers’ unions in California. UTLA dues are determined by a flat percentage rate of the basic starting salary. The allocation rate cannot be raised unless approved by the membership. 

Did You Know

NOTE: Members who have funds deducted for optional coverage, such as life insurance, may see deductions of this nature folded into the "UTLA dues" deduction line.

Due and You











Change in status
Every member is responsible to notify UTLA in writing regarding any changes in your assignment that affects your dues. For example, moving from UTLA to AALA (Administrators Union) or from full-time teacher to part-time/substitute teacher changes the amount of dues deducted from your check. Please note that there is a different amount of dues that will be deducted depending on an individual’s status as a full-time member, children's center staff and part time/substitute teacher. Please check your pay check stub monthly to verify that your dues are being deducted correctly.

Want to know more about your dues & UTLA?

Read some past fiscal articles from the United Teacher Newspaper

by UTLA Treasurer Arlene Inouye

- UTLA's Budget for the New Fiscal Year (May 2014)
- Blueprint for a Sustainable Budget (March 2014)
- Understanding PERB and DFR: The responsibilities of representation (February 2014)
- Support when you need it: UTLA’s legal services - Part 2 (January 2014)
- Support when you need it: UTLA’s legal services - Part 1 (December 2013)
- Understanding Affiliate Contributions (October 2013)
- Dues: A history then and now (September 2013)
-  Your dues at a glance (August 2013)
Understanding UTLA's structural budget problems (May 2013)
-  From our UTLA house to yours ... (January 2013)
- Stabilizing the UTLA budget (June 2012)
- Reimagining UTLA for the challenges of today (November 2012)
- Keeping an eye on your dues (October 2012)
 Tapping into UTLA member benefits (July 2012)
- UTLA cuts costs and increases revenues (April 2012)
- A New Year: Our fiscal challenge in 2012 (January 2012)
- What your UTLA dues do 4 you (October 2011)
- Show you the money: Your UTLA dues at work (September 2011)