Union dues are based on chapter, locality, grade, and step of the employee. Therefore, they change in proportion to changes in employee salary and locality pay. Union dues are deducted biweekly through payroll deduction.
The chapter portion of these dues, as determined by our executive board in our Chapter Bylaws, are 30% of the NTEU national dues, which are determined by the NTEU national executive board.
Chapter dues cover chapter costs associated with:
- Dispute Resolution (training, arbitration fees, etc.)
- Bargaining (travel, training, etc.)
- Member recruitment and retention (incentive gifts, etc.)
- Administrative costs (bank fees, office supplies, postage, chapter elections firm, etc.)
National dues cover costs associated with:
- Legislative efforts on behalf of employees (employee salaries, employee benefits, retirement benefits, agency budgets, etc.)
- National negotiations (term and midterm negotiator salaries)
- Legal costs (arbitration, unfair labor practice disputes, settlement agreements, lawsuits, etc., and the salaries of the counsels associated with these)
- Administrative costs (public relations, communications, membership benefits, etc., and the salaries of the professionals associated with these)
All who benefit should share the expense, right?
The Union represents every BUE in contract-related problems. But we can also represent members before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Service Protection Board (MSPB), or in class action suits in the courts as resources allow. We can represent members in oral replies or statutory appeal cases regarding discipline or adverse actions. Oral replies are the first and often most important step in resolving proposed disciplinary and adverse actions for employees.
We survey members about what they would like in a national or local agreement. Every BUE is covered by what the Union negotiates even if only members give input in what we negotiate, and only members get to vote on ratifying the contract.
As a member, you can take an active part in decision-making, vote, hold office, and have a voice in the union. As a member, you will have a say in workplace decisions affecting you. If you are a member, you can serve as the Union representative on any work group, task force, or on any of the other teams that are formed to address workplace issues, which may be very important to you.
As a reminder, FDA employees stationed in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah joining NTEU between May 1 and September 30, 2017, will receive $50 as an incentive per our Summer Membership Campaign.
So join today by simply completing the one-page Standard Form 1187 (SF-1187) and sending it to me, your chapter president, for processing. You will be a Union member instantly, but the Union dues will take one or two pay periods to reflect in your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).