Why should I pay Union dues?

Updated: January 11, 2018

If the union cost nothing, it probably would not be worth anything.

In some unions, there are no dues. The employer takes care of running the expenses of the union; sometimes it even supplies recreational facilities. In these unions, the employer also names the Officers and Shop Stewards and settles the grievances. The employer sits on both sides of the bargaining table and the worker is in the middle getting squeezed and has no voice.

In legitimate unions, the workers pay the cost. They know that they will get out of the union what they put in. Union dues pay for a variety of services including: operating a local union, costs associated with bargaining, hiring staff, legal services, sending members and the Executive Board to conferences, strike funds, insurance, education and per capita portions to the coalition. Not all unions in Canada are part of a coalition.

About one-third of all Canadian workers are represented by unions. There are literally millions of people without protection and employers are able to use these workers to under cut hard-won and decent contracts. How much we get in wages and benefits depends on how strongly we are organized.

Bi-weekly CSU 52 dues are calculated as follows:

3/4th of 1% (or 0.0075) multiplied by your gross bi-weekly salary + $8.00 flat fee

Any member earning a gross bi-weekly salary less than $250 shall pay a maximum of $2.30 in union dues during that pay period.

Dues are not paid on any overtime worked.