Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership
NOTEThis webpage is intended for members of NFFE 1998 and bargaining unit employees of Passport Services that are interested in joining and it contains internal Union business only which must be read on personal/non-work time (such as breaks, lunch, and before/after work)

Members of IAMAW FD 1 NFFE FL 1998 (NFFE Local 1998, for short) have the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the strength and ability of the Union to speak and act on behalf of the bargaining unit employees of Passport Services.  Without the members, the Union would simply not exist.  Because of its members, NFFE Local 1998 has been able to accomplish a great deal since it’s inception on October 19, 1981.

Membership in the Labor Movement
As a dues-paying member of Local 1998, you are also a member of:
The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) – the exclusive representative of 100,000 federal workers
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) – over a half million members in multiple countries
The American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) – ten million members

NFFE Local 1998 only represents dues-paying Union members in actions involving the following:
• Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
• Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
• Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
• Worker’s Compensation Claims

Union members are also entitled to:
• Vote in elections of NFFE Local 1998 Union Officers
• Nominate members to be Union Officers
• Run for election and serve as a Union Officer

The elected Union Officer positions for NFFE Local 1998 are: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer, three (3)Trustees, and – for each Passport Agency/Center – a Senior Steward.

There are many benefits and discounts available only to duespaying members:

NFFE Benefits Page: The official benefits page for NFFE National.

AFL-CIO Benefits Page: Union Plus website – “brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO”.

IAMAW Union Plus Page: List of Union Plus benefits in a PDF format.

Union Plus Benefits Guide: Click on the link, type in “IAM” for Union name, type “FL 1998” for local number, and enter your own zip code

NFFE Dental: Dental insurance options, including orthodontics. Call 541-484-2781 or email

IAMAW Scholarships: College: pays $1000 for children of members and $2000 for members, per academic year, for up to four years.  

Union Plus Scholarships: Offered via the AFL-CIO’s Union Plus website: One-time scholarship of $500 to $4000 for Union members or their family.

Richard N. Brown Scholarship: For NFFE members and their children only, in honor of the late NFFE President.

Per NFFE National policy, the Local 1998 Bylaws must be password protected.  Contact the Stewards in your office for a copy or find them in the Membership Resources tab. 

To become a dues-paying member of NFFE Local 1998, you can apply online here or you can fill out an SF 1187 and submit it via mail.  As of January 2023, the dues are $33.50 per biweekly pay period.  If you have any difficulty submitting the online form, or if the dues deductions do not start within two pay periods, contact the Secretary-Treasurer at


Filling Out the Online Application
• Fill in your first and last name
• Fill in your normal mailing address
• For the Agency box, input: “Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services,” and then your specific agency designation, e.g., CA/PPT/SE
• Choose the state where your office is physically located
• Fill in the last 4 digits of your Social Security number
• Provide an email address (you may need to adjust your spam settings so that any emails from NFFE will be received in your inbox)
• Click the box that begins, “I understand and accept…”
• Click on the Submit button

After you fill in the boxes and select “submit,” the online application will generate a Standard Form 1187  – Request for Payroll Deductions for Labor Organization Dues, which will sent electronically to the National Federation of Federal Employees for processing.