PIA/GATF--Two Associations, One Goal
By combining the resources, the PIA/GATF partnership can enable the association to grow its programs with existing and developing technologies, according to Ryan.
"The association will continue to develop programming that provides a competitive edge to members in the areas of management and technical education, governmental affairs, industry research and statistics and implementation of technology," he says. "The combined resources will allow us to develop innovative programming that can be delivered through distance education, the Internet or local programs."
In conclusion, Ryan says the new dues structure is not cut and dry—about half of all members will experience a decrease in dues. He also notes that the consolidation will cost the association $1 million in lost-dues revenue.
The Benefits of Consolidation
Membership benefits can be broken into three segments—local PIA/GATF affiliates, GATF and PIA—with dues providing membership in each. The following is a brief glance at some of the new and augmented benefits of each segment:
LOCAL AFFILIATE BENEFITS
Communication. Every local affiliate produces a newsletter or magazine that provides updated local information such as sales and usage taxes, local training and seminars, management information, local market conditions, and the like.
Lobbying. Most affiliates engage in state and local lobbying in the best interests of the industry. Lobbying efforts have kept sales and usage taxes in check.
Insurance programs. Through group programs, members reap considerable savings on their insurance premiums.
Wage and benefit surveys. Provides member companies with benchmarks which they can evaluate the wages and benefits they offer their employees.
Job bank/résume referral services.
Business management seminars.
Technical service hotline. Toll-free number for solving technical problems.
GATFWorld. A bi-monthly publication containing information on the latest technology and problem-solving solutions. Includes an annual "Technology Forecast" on economic and market trends.
State-of-the-art education and training facilities. Members can learn from a variety of introductory and advanced-level training programs.