MCCC Dues Rates and Benefit Information

July 1, 2018  to June 30, 2019

These are rates for employment during the period shown above (July 1, 2018  to June 30, 2019)

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Bargaining Unit: A legal entity established by the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission based upon a vote of the employees, and the type of work they do. The Massachusetts Community College Council (MCCC) is the legal representative of two Bargaining Units: the Day Unit, and the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Unit. You are a member of both if you are employed in positions covered by these units.

Unit member: An employee who is part of a Bargaining Unit. You are a unit member by virtue of the professional position you hold.

Union member: A unit member, and also you choose to join the MCCC, and you pay the Member dues rates.

Membership Year: Starts July 1 and ends the following June 30


Union Member Dues Rates





You were hired during this time period





07/01 - 11/14
11/15 - 01/31
02/01 - 04/14
04/15 - 06/30

Full Time








   and more than  1/2 time























Credit Basis (DCE)

Percent Basis (Part Time)







DCE and Part Time

$9,000 or more

Less than 50%







per year
































Less than $9,000

Less than 25%







per year




























* MCCC dues are $44.50 if you teach less than 2 credits per semster and are paid on the standard per credit basis.


BENEFITS, Unit versus Union

What are the Benefits of Being a Unit Member?

As a unit member you are entitled to certain rights under the union contract. You can obtain a copy of the contract from your campus Chapter President or Treasurer, or the MCCC Office, or on line at the union website

As a unit member you

Some history:

Before the union, part-time teaching pay was very very low ($800-$900 for 3 credits, depending on the campus) and had stayed that way for 10 years. Practically no raises or recognition of longevity. When the union was selected by a vote of the DCE faculty, and the union negotiated the first contract in a very difficult environment, pay practically doubled, and has progressed to approximately four times those non-union salaries.

When part-time professional librarians, counselors and others became part of the union in 1997, the minimum hourly rate was established at $15 per hour, which for most individuals increased their salary by $3 to $5 per hour. Since then these professionals have received regular salary increases through union contract negotiations and the current minimum is over $25 per hour.

What are the Benefits of Being a Union Member?

If you choose to join us in the union (almost 100% of your full-time colleagues are union members) you get these benefits in addition to Unit Member benefits cited above

What Do the Union Member Dues Actually Pay For?

Your union dues pay for

Some additional documents (PDF format)

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm a salaried day unit member, hired in September. Why must I pay dues for July and August, when I was not a member?

A: The NEA, MTA and MCCC set dues collection policies in their Bylaws. These policies dictate the amount of dues collected based upon the date of hire. The MCCC MUST send in dues on your behalf to the NEA and MTA based upon hiring date. The viewpoint is that you are not buying a monthly service, but an annual membership. We happen to bill you starting in July and through the following June (our membership year), to make the payments smaller, but it's not like telephone service where you have no service before the turn on date. Even in July and August, the union is enforcing the contract for all members, which includes new hires. It may well be in negotiations or doing a myriad of other things that it must do all the time so that your rights and benefits are protected. Also, the union does not charge a startup fee, which almost always is charged when you "sign up for monthly service" with a phone company, utilities, cable TV, etc. It's just not the same situation.

Q: I teach in DCE and I started in the spring semester. Why do I have to pay the full annual dues?

A: The same situation applies to someone who teaches in the fall semester, but not in the spring semester. DCE dues are best viewed as being on a semester basis. A unit member pays the semester rate in the first semester they teach in a membership year. However, once paid, employment for a second semester in that membership year does not require paying again.

DCE dues are already greatly reduced compared to full-time dues. The NEA, MTA and MCCC set dues collection policies in their Bylaws. These policies dictate the amount of dues collected. The MCCC MUST send in full dues to the MTA and the NEA (which make up most of your dues) per their bylaws.

Q: I got a bill for dues from the past. I didn't know I hadn't paid these dues, so why do I have to pay them?

A: The MCCC does its best to ensure that every member pays their fair share of the costs of running their union, but things do slip through the cracks. Still, fairness dictates that these fair amounts be collected. Please note, for example, that if the retirement board should overpay your pension for 10 years, when it discovers the error it will collect the overpayment from the retiree. Please be assured that the MCCC Office does not ask for anything not dictated by policy and fairness.

The MCCC Office

  • Gail Guarino, Treasurer, Full-time faculty member at Cape Cod Community College
  • Philip Mahler, Office Manager, Retired full-time faculty member at Middlesex Community College
  • Edy Stoddard, Member Services
  • Angela Perno, Member Services