Union Organizer Questions

Union Frequently Asked Questions

We believe that you deserve accurate responses to important questions that are routinely raised during union organizing campaigns. Below are examples of such questions. We encourage you to raise the same questions to union representatives, and to compare their responses.

Q: How much are the union dues?
A: Union dues vary depending on the union, and may be set as a percentage of your paycheck, or as a flat amount.

Q: Can my dues be increased?
A: Yes, dues are set by the unions themselves, and in most instances the local union has little to no control over the cost of such dues, or amount of any increases.

Q: Will I have to pay an initiation fee to join the union?
A: Most likely, yes. These fees typically range anywhere from $20.00 and increase.

Q: If the union wins the election, do I have to pay dues?
A: No. You are not under any obligation to pay dues, and you can opt out of paying such dues.

Q: Can the union take dues directly from my paycheck?
A: Yes, the union can deduct dues directly from your paycheck. However, you are under no obligation to permit such a deduction.

Q: Where do my dues go?
A: It is difficult to determine with any level of specificity where your union dues are spent. The union decides where and when to spend the fees that it collects from you. They may spend your hard earned dollars on political campaigns, lobbying efforts, and other organizations without your knowledge or consent.

Q: If I vote for a union, who will represent my interests?
A: Typically, the union will send someone from their home office to negotiate on your behalf. This person is an employee of the union and is not affiliated with the College.

Q: If I choose not to pay dues will the union represent me if I have a grievance?
A: Not necessarily. The union does not have to represent individuals that do not pay union dues.