How to Join
Fill Out a Membership Form
In order to become a member of the MSP you must fill out a paper membership form. Stop by the MSP office or contact the office to send you one in the mail.
Pay Membership Dues
As an MSP member you are also a member of the MTA and NEA. MSP dues include MTA and NEA dues. Any increases in MSP dues are approved at the Spring General Assembly Membership Meeting and any increases in MTA and NEA dues are voted by delegates at the MTA Annual Meeting each May and at the NEA Representative Assembly each summer. Dues are assessed based on your yearly Full-Time Equivalency. For dues rates or assessment information please contact the MSP office.
Most people decide to pay their dues via payroll deduction, authorizing the UMass Amherst administration to make up to 9 payroll deductions per year. The total amount owed is divided among each of the remaining deduction periods. In 2018-2019, dues will be deducted from the following paychecks: Sept 21, Nov 2, Nov 30, Dec 28, Jan 25, Feb 22, March 22, May 3, May 31. To authorize payroll deduction, download and fill out the payroll deduction authorization form and return it to the MSP office.
Deducting Your 2018 Dues on Your Taxes
Your 2018 membership dues payments to MSP may be tax deductible under the category of "Unreimbursed Employee Expenses" when an employee uses Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7. Please contact your tax professional for advice and see IRS Publication 529.
The amount paid in dues for the full year in 2018 is $938.68 for full-time faculty and $480.84 for half-time faculty.*
*If you were not on payroll deduction for all payroll deduction paychecks in 2018 or if your FTE is an amount other than either 100% or 50%, please contact the MSP office for your specific figures including the date(s) paid.
Once you join the MSP, we want to hear from you and hope you will be an active participant. Learn more about our current campaigns and see the many ways that you can get involved locally or on the statewide level. Contact the MSP office or any of our Executive Board members to learn how to get more involved with the MSP.