The OPM Payroll Deduction Form can be completed either of the following 2 ways:
1. Fill the form out on screen; put your cursor in the blocks requiring your name, etc. and type in the relevant information. Then save the file on your local drive and print it out to sign.
2. Print the blank form, fill it out manually, and sign it.
Bring the signed form to your CREA representative or the CREA office (LM 412, phone 7-7636).
CREA dues are very low by typical union standards and, historically, increases have been infrequent. CREA dues are 0.2% of your salary; this ensures a fair sharing of costs.
Dues are collected via payroll deduction each pay period. To calculate what a CREA member contributes, multiply salary at the relevant GS and step level for the “WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-ARLINGTON, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA” locality pay area, per pay period or year, by 0.2% (0.002). The locality pay table for the Washington DC area is located here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/
Dues pay for our affiliation expenses and entitle us to various forms of help from IFPTE, including legal advice from IFPTE’s law firm. Dues also fund our scholarships and other educational activities (e.g., training for stewards).