Union dues before initiation fee??

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by Horseboner, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. Horseboner

    Horseboner New Member

    Should Union dues be collected before the initiation fee??
    My Union made me pay $80 before I even paid anything for my initiation fee. I thought you had to be accepted into the Union before paying dues?
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    What was the $80 for?
  3. Horseboner

    Horseboner New Member

    Union dues
  4. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Ahhh.....seasonal employees.
  5. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Union dues.....he's a seasonal. They pay dues too.
  6. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    Yes, you pay dues if you work. Initiation fee should come after making seniority.

    FWIW, where I am, deductions for monthly dues, initiation fees, and the monthly special assessment are lumped together and only show up as "UNIONDUE".
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Thankfully our local does not gouge the seasonal help by forcing them to pay dues knowing full well that they will be let go after Peak.
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  8. Horseboner

    Horseboner New Member

    I'm not seasonal. I've been working here for 3 months. I'm sure most of you can't remember your first few paychecks.
  9. Horseboner

    Horseboner New Member

    I thought you had to be accepted into the Union before paying dues.
  10. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    You work 3 months, you pay 3 months' dues.
  11. Lead Belly

    Lead Belly BANNED

    I remember them. 8 bucks an hour times about 22 hours a week. We had benefits after 30 days and I always had a good job to go with it. Meatcutter garbage man dock worker at a union freight company Central Transport Wonder bread driver Interstate Brands and some others. I'm glad I stayed at United Parcel Service.
  12. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    This is their way of accepting you! This is money well spent, when you need to have someone fight for your job you will be thankful.
  13. Dr.Brownz

    Dr.Brownz Well-Known Member

    Youll just have to pay back dues if you dont pay now; you are performing union work
  14. working up a sweat

    working up a sweat Active Member

    In my local, the union gives you back 100 dollars of the 450 dollars of PT initiation fee.

    To get the 100 dollars back, you have to be permanently hired and attend the monthly Sunday morning union meeting.

    After attending the meeting for about 2 hours, they give you the check.
  15. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    I wish more locals did that.
    All new employees should be brought in for this type of "orientation"... and the notion of a rebate on their initiation fee would likely get them there.

    They should receive a brand new union t-shirt, lunch, a history lesson on unions and the Teamsters, information about their Weingarten rights, FMLA, and the grievance procedure.
    While there, they will hopefully meet their business agent and steward.
    Perhaps they could even roll out a big screen TV and some refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting, to encourage a little fellowship?
    Until we get back to educating and engaging the membership, the "Me-ster" mindset will continue to prevail.

    When we once again become vested in one another and educate the newly "initiated", we will begin to achieve all that is possible through collective bargaining.