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The ASA election results have been tabulated and 58 percent of the voters supported the revised dues structure proposed by ASA Council.
ASA Council voted unanimously at its February 2011 meeting in Washington, DC, to bring a revised dues structure to the membership for its approval. After two years of discussion with the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB), Council decided that it was necessary to restructure dues categories and amounts in order to restore lost progessivity in the income brackets; restore a portion of the Association’s income decline; "re-couple" dues and journals into one membership fee; provide a new membership category for unemployed sociologists; expand eligibility for reduced dues for retired members; and protect the currently low student membership dues. Apart from inflation-adjusted increases (i.e., in constant dollars), ASA dues have been unchanged since 1997.
The new dues structure does not increase the cost of membership to students or change section dues, and it expands eligibility for becoming a retired (formerly "emeritus") member. The new unemployed member dues category will go into effect next year (2012); the remainder of the new structure will be implemented a year later in 2013. For more information on the new dues structure, see the page 1 article in the March and April 2011 issues of Footnotes.Back to Top of Page