Unions Dues and You
The U.S. Union is a business. It just doesn’t make anything. Its money comes from members who pay monthly dues (as well as assessments and fines levied by the union). In most cases, dues are approximately 2-3 times an employee’s hourly pay and can exceed $500 a year.
In addition, usually during collective bargaining, the Union is willing to negotiate with the company in order to get a dues “Check-Off” clause. The only things the Union has to negotiate with are your wages and benefits. That could mean a lost holiday, a vacation day, or any other benefit.
Questions to Consider
- How much will the Union take from my paycheck?
- When will the Union raise my Union Dues?
- What is the Union’s budget and operating statement?
- What political and non-political donations will my union dues go towards?