In addition to the benefits that come from being a part of a unified community of workers — a strong union contract, for instance! — PROTEC17 membership includes access to many other resources. We offer professional development funds, scholarships for your children, and discounts on products and services that you use everyday. And with the lowest union dues in the Pacific Northwest, the benefits of being a dues-paying member are unsurpassed!
Professional Development Fund
The PROTEC17 Professional Development Fund is designed to encourage and support the ongoing education and professional development of our members.
An annual fund of $10,000 will be made available each year for awards on a first-come, first-served basis to individual members seeking monetary resources for job-related, continuing education opportunities, such as seminars, classes, workshops or conferences that are not covered by their employer or another party. Due to financial restrictions, we cannot reimburse for travel expenses related to work travel. Individual awards are available in amounts of up to $200 per member until the fund is depleted for the year. The award operates on a reimbursement basis, so qualifying documentation must be provided to meet our financial regulations. All eligible members are encouraged and welcome to apply!
You may also want to check your individual contract for additional professional development benefits. Several of our contracts (Portland, King County, etc.) offer similar benefits for members in those jurisdictions.
The PROTEC17 annual scholarship program awards two $3,000 scholarships to the child, grandchild or dependent of an active member who wishes to continue their education beyond high school at a college, university or technical institute. One scholarship will be for an individual starting his/her/their first year, and the other will be for an individual continuing their education beyond freshman year.
The 2020 application is now closed — the deadline to apply was July 31, 2020. Winners will be announced in the Sept/Oct issue of our Insight magazine. The 2021 scholarship application will be available next spring.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Deidre Girard, PROTEC17 Communications Director.
From healthcare savings and life insurance discounts, to family travel and amusement coupons, we are working on building a robust discount program for our members. Stay tuned!