Dropping Association Membership
As a convenience to the educators of Arkansas, here are helpful instructions on how to end your membership in either of the largest teacher associations in Arkansas.
Terminating ASTA Membership
Because you can join ASTA at any time, out of professional respect for those we serve, a member may drop his or her membership at any time with a phone call, email, or written letter to our office. This is now the law in Arkansas, but has always been our policy and is just one more way ASTA demonstrates respect for educators.
Despite this convenient method of ending membership, ASTA boasts a high retention rate and increases total membership every single year.
Terminating AEA/NEA or ASTA/AAE MembershipA public school employee may join or terminate membership in a labor union (AEA/NEA) or professional employee association (ASTA/AAE) at any time. The member needs to inform his or her payroll office and his or her association of the decision.
§ 6-17-120 - Membership in labor organizations.
(a) (1) As used in this section, "labor organization" means a lawful organization that is composed of public school employees that exists for the purpose of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment, or other terms and conditions of employment.
(2) "Labor organization" includes a:
(A) Labor union exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(5) as amended; and
(B) Professional employee association exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(6), as amended.
(b) (1) A public school employee may join or terminate membership in a labor organization at any time.
(2) A labor organization or an employer may not place a restriction on the time that a public school employee may join or terminate membership in a labor organization.
Please use this helpful comparison document to compare membership benefits between ASTA and AEA/NEA.