POLITICAL REFUNDS

Colorado Education Association

Click here to go directly to CEA’s Every Member Option refund request form

The Colorado Education Association (CEA) raises political funds through a structure known as Every Member Option (EMO). A certain amount ($41 in 2019-2020) is deducted from the paycheck of every full-time member teacher (part-time member teachers and support personnel pay a lesser amount). The EMO exclusively finances political activities (click here to see how the unions and other political organizations reported political spending in 2014, or in previous elections). CEA members who wish to receive an EMO refund must submit their requests in writing by DECEMBER 15 to:

Every Member Option Refund
Colorado Education Association
1500 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203

The letter should include the CEA member’s name, Social Security Number, and local association.

The online refund request form is also available as an option to use instead of sending a letter through “snail mail.”

The following local associations also have a refundable Every Member Option  and must be requested separately:

The union offices won’t tell us their most current EMO charges but here is the latest information we have:

Adams 12 ($24)
Aurora ($12)
Boulder Valley ($12)
Colorado Springs 11 ($3.77)
Denver ($24)
Jefferson County ($24)
Littleton ($12)
Mesa Valley ($6)
Pikes Peak ($6)
Poudre ($12)
Pueblo City ($24)
Pueblo 70 ($6)
St. Vrain ($10)

AFT members, find information here.


Local CEA Affiliates’ Every Member Option

Some local CEA affiliates also have their own separate refundable EMO. In some districts, a CEA member teacher has as much as $65 taken from his or her paycheck in 2019-20 to directly fund political campaigns – $41 to CEA and $24 to the local.

JEFFERSON COUNTY: All JCEA members have an additional $24 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $24 EMO refund must submit their written request (including name and address) to the JCEA office by DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
Jefferson County Education Association
Attn: EMO Refund
1447 Nelson Street
Lakewood, CO 80215

DENVER: All DCTA members have an additional $24 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $24 EMO refund must submit their written requests (including name and address) to the DCTA by DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
Denver Classroom Teachers Association
1500 Grant Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80203

ADAMS 12: All DTEA members have an additional $24 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $24 EMO refund must submit their written requests to DTEA by DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
District Twelve Educators Association
1235 West 124th Avenue, Suite 101
Westminster, CO 80234

PUEBLO CITY: All PEA members have an additional $24 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $24 EMO refund must submit their written requests to PEA by DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
Pueblo Education Association
1008 West Abriendo Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004

BOULDER VALLEY: All BVEA members have an additional $12 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $12 EMO refund must submit their written requests to BVEA by DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
Boulder Valley Education Association
7464 Arapahoe, Suite B8
Boulder, CO 80303

POUDRE: All PEA members have an additional $12 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive an $12 EMO refund must submit their signed, written requests (including name, address, and Social Security #) by SEPTEMBER 30

Letters should be sent to:
Poudre Education Association
2625 Redwing Road, Suite 220
Fort Collins, CO 80526
PEA does not accept requests sent by email.

ST. VRAIN: All SVVEA members have an additional $10 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $10 EMO refund must submit their signed, written requests to SVVEA by DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
Saint Vrain Valley Education Association
255 Weaver Park Road, Suite 202
Longmont, CO 80501

PUEBLO 70: All PCTA members have an additional $6 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $6 EMO refund must submit their written requests to PCTA.

Letters should be sent to:
Pueblo County Teachers Association
1008 West Abriendo Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004

MESA VALLEY: All MVEA members have an additional $6 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $6 EMO refund must submit their written requests by OCTOBER 15.

Letters should be sent to:
Mesa Valley Education Association
2472 Patterson Rd. Unit 13
Grand Junction, CO 81505

PIKES PEAK EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: All members of PPEA’s 23 local associations in El Paso, Fremont, and Teller Counties have an additional $6 a year deducted from their paychecks directly for political purposes. Those who wish to receive a $6 EMO refund must submit their written requests before DECEMBER 15

Letters should be sent to:
Pikes Peak Education Association
2520 N Tejon Street, #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

COLORADO SPRINGS 11: All CSEA members have an additional amount annually deducted from their paychecks directly to support “candidate and issue campaigns.” Those who wish to receive a $3.77 EMO refund must submit their written requests (check with CSEA for required information) by SEPTEMBER 10

Letters should be sent to:
Colorado Springs Education Association
2520 North Tejon
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

More information on Every Member Option is available in the Independence Institute publication: Should Colorado School Districts Stop Collecting Political Funds?


American Federation of Teachers Colorado

AFT Colorado members contribute $3.50 (call to confirm) a year to the organization’s small donor committee for making political contributions. To receive a refund, send a letter to:

AFT Colorado
925 S. Niagara St.
Denver, CO 80224

Phone: 720-443-8032

info@aftcolorado.org

This information made available as a service of the Independence Institute’s Education Policy Center. If we have posted any inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated information, please let us know so we can take care to update our pages.