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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is PWEA?

What is VEA?

  • VEA stands for Virginia Education Association.  As a member of PWEA, you are also a member of VEA, our state organization. Learn more about VEA here:

What is NEA?

  • NEA stands for the National Education Association.  As a member of PWEA, you are also a member of NEA, our national organization. The NEA is largest union organization in the country with over 3 million members! That means 1 in every 100 Americans are a member of the NEA!  Learn more at NEA's website here:

Where do my dues dollars go?

  • Your dues dollars goes towards PWEA, VEA, and NEA.  Each organization develops a budget that must be approved by a representative assembly of the membership.  PWEA's budget includes funding for a full time release president, receptionist, administrative assistant, utilities for office, PWEA scholarships, funding for several committees, and more. 

Do my dues dollars go towards political candidates?

  • They do not.  PWEA, VEA, and NEA have separate political action committees (PACs) which must fundraise and select candidates to recommend through an interview process.

How do I become a member?

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Learn all about the benefits of membership here

Can anyone become a member?

  • Whether part time or full time, or teacher, principal, book keeper, facilities worker, bus drivers... anyone can become a member of PWEA!

How much are dues?

  • Current dues are as follows:
    • Full Time Certified: $25.45 per pay
    • Half time Certified: $13.20 per pay
    • Full time ESP (classified) $13.55 per pay
    • Half time ESP (classified) $7.38 per pay
    • Substitute: $167.87 for the year
    • Food Service and Transportation full time: $16.27 per pay
    • Food Service and Transportation part time: $8.86 per pay

How can I get involved?

  • Attend one of our trainings to become an association representative or join one of our committees! Here's a list of committees and their cochairs.  Feel free to reach out to one of the chairs to learn more!

Who serves on the PWEA Board of Directors?

  • Learn more about our PWEA Board of Directors here. Click on each of their names to learn more about them!

Can I have a silent witness in a meeting?

  • Per PWCS Regulation 506.03-1  "When such a conference concerns dismissal, placement on probation, or suspension, or when another supervisor is present at such conference, the employee shall have the right to have present during the conference a silent witness of the employee's choice other than an attorney."
  • You also have the right to know what a meeting will be in advance.  If it is one of the scenarios listed above, you have the right to reschedule that meeting until a silent witness can be arranged. A silent witness can be anyone of your choosing, it does not necessarily have to be office staff.  Do ask the silent witness to please send a copy of their notes to the PWEA office.

When should I call the office?

  • If you are placed on an action plan
  • If Child Protective Services (CPS) are involved
  • If Police are involved
  • If Risk Management is involved
  • If you are called in for a disciplinary meeting
  • Or if you ever have a question!