Archive for July, 2012

Resolution

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The following resolution was submitted at the Annual Conference and requires a membership approval. Resolutions that have bylaw and/or financial implications must be vote and approved by the 2/3s of the voting membership. This resolution will be available for discussion for 2 weeks, July 3-16). At the end of the resolution, the NACCS Board offers a PRO/CON discussion. From July 17-31, the membership will vote on the resolution. Details will be emailed to members.

2012 RESOLUTION: INCREASE MEMBERSHIP DUES
WHEREAS, it has been 9 years since the dues structure has changed and the top category for an individual is $125 – a member with income $75,000 and over;
WHEREAS, NACCS collects dues on an annual basis and dues maintain the financial health and stability of the organization;
WHEREAS, dues support advocacy, the annual conference, awards (book author, scholars, DREAM scholarship for immigrant students, student presenter housing fellowships), general and meeting expenses supporting union establishments, newsletters, professional development, and membership communications;
WHEREAS, on an annual basis Focos are eligible to be reimbursed $2 for each student and low-income member and $5 for all other membership categories; and Caucuses are eligible to be reimbursed $5 for each student and $10 each for all other membership categories;
WHEREAS, only 30% of the membership pays dues at the $55,000 and over level;
WHEREAS, the tough economy has forced NACCS to be even more efficient and effective with existing limited resources;
WHEREAS, the costs for programming and other expenses has continued to grow;
WHEREAS, the current dues structure has not kept up with inflation;
WHEREAS, NACCS spends more income from member dues and other revenue sources on its strategic goals and core program with the acknowledgment of its members; and
WHEREAS, the NACCS national board will continue to seek ways to improve returns on member dollars and contain costs;
WHEREAS, a $10 increase a year would be a marginal increase, resulting in a $0.85/month increase per person;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NACCS increase its dues structure across all categories by $10 (excluding members with an income under $20,000, students, retirees, life members, institution, residents of Mexico and Latin America) and add two additional membership categories at the top end of the income scale. Caucus dues would remain the same. Library membership would increase by $15. The new dues structure would become effective January, 2013.

The dues structure would be as follows: (to see current dues structure – click here)

Member with income under $20,000 – $45 (remains the same)
Member with income $20,000 – $34,999) – $70
Member with income $35,000 – $44,999 – $80
Member with income $45,000 – $54,999 – $90
Member with income $55,000 – $64,999 – $100
Member with income $65,000 – $74,999 – $110
Member with income $75,000 – $84,999 – $135
Member with income $85,000 – $94,999 – $150
Member with income $95,000 and over – $200

Undergraduate student – $30 (remains the same)
Graduate student – $40 (remains the same)
Life Member – $2500 (remains the same)

Library (non voting) ……………$100.00 ($15 increase)
Institution (non voting)…………$250.00 (remains the same)

Permanent residents of Mexico and other Latin American countries use this income schedule. Residents of other nations follow the gender member dues structure:
Income under $20,000……….$20.00 (remains the same)
$20,000 and over……………….$30.00 (remains the same)

The following is from the NACCS Board regarding the PRO/CON for the resolution.
Pro: This modest proposed increase in dues, $10/year or $0.85/month, will help sustain the increased cost and financial responsibilities of the organization (i.e. Immigrant Beca scholarships; increased venue costs at the annual conference; costs related to responding to critical issues in a timely manner; costs to sponsor awards – book author, scholars, and student presenter housing fellowships; and membership communications – newsletter). NACCS has not raised its dues structure for 9 years while most organizations have raised dues every three to four years. Students, low-income members and retirees will not have their dues increased while at the same time levels have been added for those at the higher income levels. Our dues also supports the Focos and Caucuses. Focos receive membership rebates, $2 for each student and low-income member and $5 for all other membership categories; and Caucuses receive $5 for each student and $10 each for all other membership categories making NACCS a vibrant and sustainable organization throughout the United States. A yes vote will help support NACCS’ mission as well as the level of service our members clearly expect and deserve.
Con: Raising membership dues may prohibit members from renewing or the ability of the organization to recruit new members.