I have received my agency rebate check from CTA, and this year it's over $400. Since my usual rebate is just over $300, the teachers unions must have gone crazy in non-chargeable expenses (i.e., expenses not related to representation and collective bargaining) this year. The election a few weeks ago explains this handily.
The rebate percentages this year are:
NEA 60% (in other words, they admit to spending 60% of their money on expenses not related to representing teachers or in pursuit of collective bargaining)
Local union 34.6%
I'll use about half of this rebate money to join the Association of American Educators for another year.
If you're a California teacher interested in becoming an agency fee payer and getting a similar rebate each year, visit the appropriate page of the web site of the California Teachers Empowerment Network at http://www.ctenhome.org/knowMembership.htm#exoptions. If you still have questions, let me know here or contact CTEN directly.