Union dues are one way we pool our resources to make sure we receive appropriate wages and benefits, strong representation, the best training available, and a safe and fair work place. Dues ensure that someone’s got your back; that you’ve got allies representing your needs and interests on the job and in the halls of power.
Your dues pay for the day-to-day operations of the Union, including helping you secure work, increasing market share, maintaining area standards, organizing new members and contractors, and negotiating and enforcing contracts. Union dues also pay for communications (such as this website), and political and legislative action.
There are two types of dues — dues that everybody pays and dues that you pay only when you’re working. You must be up to date with both types of dues to remain in “good standing”.