What are Union Dues:
Union Dues are moneys payable by members of Local Unions on a monthly basis as required to work for Unionized Employers.
How Much are my Dues:
Dues are calculated simply as two and one half (2.5) times your hourly wage. Dues are payable every month to the Local Union.
Example: If your hourly wage is $20 per hour, your monthly Dues would be $50 ($20 x 2.5 = $50)
As most Union Contracts include annual wage increases, your Union Dues may increase as a result of your raise.
How do I pay my Dues:
Dues are payable once per month. There are two choices that a member may pay their dues:
- Check Off Authorization
- Self Payment
1. Checkoff Payment of Union Dues
The preferred method of payment of dues by most Union members is through Union Dues Checkoff.
This is a voluntarily authorized monthly deduction of an employee’s wages by their employer to pay Union dues through payroll deductions of earnings that are then sent to the Union by the Employer. This method is a convenient means by which a member may make monthly payment of dues through their employer to the Union. Rather than by separate individual payments each month by the member on their own, a member who signs up for Dues Checkoff relieves them self of having to come to the hall to make payments.
****note Some Labor Agreements do not offer the Checkoff Payment option. If it does have this option, you simply sign a Checkoff Authorization form provided by the Union and the Union office staff will take care of the rest!
2. Self Payment of Dues:
A Union member can meet their monthly dues obligation by either of two (2) ways. A member can come to the Union office and make payment by cash, credit card, or check each month.
What if I don’t pay my Dues:
Failure to maintain your dues as current puts you in arrears. If you are delinquent in payment of your dues obligation, you could have your membership suspended and be removed from your job until such time as your dues are paid or payment arrangements have been made.
Most Labor Agreements require that any employee, covered by a Union contract, sign up for Union Membership and pay Union Dues to the Local. Generally, membership is required within the first 30 days of employment.