In an effort to jump-start the organization, citing economic factors and membership growth as major motivators, the board of directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) recently voted to lower individual annual membership dues from $70 to $49. The board says that boosting membership is its top priority, and the cost of dues had become “a disproportionately large deciding factor for prospective and renewing members in these difficult financial times,” said Brian Finnegan, the organization’s president.
“This landmark vote was driven by PAMA’s regional directors and the leadership of PAMA’s nationwide chapter network,” he said. “It is an essential step into a prosperous future. Though dues costs are not usually given as the reason people join an association, if dues are viewed as too high for the economic environment, association growth can stall. This problem became evident and increasingly difficult for PAMA as aviation’s economic momentum slowed over the past several years. This, in concert with our struggling national economy, is all part of our recovery from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in our country,” Finnegan said. The organization, the only voice to speak for all aircraft technicians, continues to attempt to develop increasingly valuable benefits for its members.