What’s the Difference Between MSTA and MNEA?


MSTA has more than 47,000 members in Missouri. They have a network of attorneys and Field Representatives placed throughout the state.  MSTA staff serves members based on need rather than volume. As a member of MSTA you will never feel like just another number.

MSTA believes in the right of teachers to bargain collectively in Missouri, realizing that there is not a one-size-fits-all option that benefits all school districts. MSTA empowers teachers to choose the option that works best and then provides the tools to bargain successfully.

MNEA has just a little more than 30,000 members. MNEA fights for a bargaining system similar to that of other states because it benefits their organization and in the long run, makes their job easier. A monopoly bargaining atmosphere, similar to California or Michigan would mean no competition and less work for MNEA. Without options the losers would be Missouri teachers.

Professional Resources

MSTA provides the ONLY online BTAP offerings for educators in Missouri. MSTA’s online BTAP courses were a breakthrough when they began nearly a decade ago. Now, all teachers, including MNEA members, utilize MSTA’s online course offerings. MSTA also offers opportunities for new professionals as well as online professional development. MSTA also has one of the last free professional opportunities in Missouri – the annual MSTA Convention.

Your Voice at the Capitol

MSTA has the largest number of full-time education lobbyists at the capitol. MSTA has a proven track record when it comes to endorsing candidates with a nearly 90-percent success rate for the last 5 years. MSTA also works with Missouri’s federal delegation on education issues. In fact, MSTA focuses only on education issues and refuses to dilute its effectiveness by spending resources and energy focusing on issues unrelated to education.

MSTA also has the best salary workshops and research team in the state. Time and again media outlets and scholars use MSTA’s information as a foundation for nationwide news stories and research. All these resources are provided free to members. MSTA support local control.

MNEA spends a large portion of their lobbying efforts and their political funds focusing on bills and causes that fall outside the scope of education. Sadly, all their effort and resources on the federal level have done nothing to change national education agendas. Nor have they been able to make any headway with GPO/WEP.

MNEA supports a strong federal education agenda filled with unfunded mandates.

Big Savings with MSTA

MSTA dues are only $219 for a professional membership. During tough times, MSTA has worked hard to keep costs down with only two dues increase in the last 15 years. MSTA members send no money to a national affiliate.

MNEA dues are based on a percentage of an average teacher’s salary in a given district. In other words, you can end up paying as much as $800 for local, state and national dues to be a member of MNEA. Dues have increased every year for the last several years without member approval.

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Last updated by on June 19, 2018
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