Union dues are fees that union members give to the union to help provide the resources to stand up for good jobs and benefits, decent working conditions and a better future for our families. Union members in the private industry earn 38 percent more on average than nonunion workers. They also receive 54 percent more in benefits.
Union dues help fund activities that give workers more power at the bargaining table, in the statehouse and in the community. Some of these activities include: Organizing expenses; Office equipment and regular administration expenses; Attorney’s to assist in negotiations, grievances and arbitration; Training; Research into companies and industries to gather information for negotiations and organizing; Accountants to analyze the company’s books.
Members also receive information about how dues money is spent by their local at monthly membership meetings. Local unions also file annual reports with the U. S. Department of Labor.
The benefits of job security, union negotiated wages, safety protections, insurance, pensions, and the support and backing of a union to fight for your rights make paying union dues well worth the money.