WHAT IS A UNION AND WHY IS MEMBERSHIP IMPORTANT?
The basic idea behind a Union is that we have shared interests and goals with our co-workers: whether you’re a Respiratory Therapist, Cook, LVN or Bus Driver, we all want a better contract with wage increases, better benefits and job security as well as a fair & dignified work environment. Rather than standing alone, we’re a lot stronger when we stand together and take collective action. Our Union puts that wisdom into action. And that’s how we secured historic new contracts for UC Service and Patient Care Technical Workers—with substantial wage increases, secure benefits, seniority rights and staffing protections!
DUES ALREADY COME OUT OF MY CHECK — AREN'T I A MEMBER?
If you haven’t signed a green membership card yet, then you are not a Member- you’re a “Fair Share Fee Payer.” State law requires that everyone covered by a Union contract at UC pays their fair share for the benefits and representation they receive - benefits like affordable health care, wage increases, job security, and grievance resolution. There is no additional cost to becoming a member.
If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact your MAT Leader, your local organizing office (http://afscme3299.org/contact_us/ locations/) or call us toll-free at 1-888-856-3299
DOES IT COST MORE TO BECOME A MEMBER?
No. Member dues are the same amount as the “Fair Share” fee that you’re paying now, so you won’t see a difference in your paycheck when you become a Member.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “MEMBER” AND A “FAIR SHARE PAYER”?
Members can vote in union elections, and enjoy access to scholarships, services, and discounts on a variety of products and services. Fair Share Payers do not.
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS DO MEMBERS GET TO VOTE ON?
AFSCME 3299 is a Member-run, Member-powered Union built on having a voice both on the job and in our Union. Member participation has been the key to our historic contract victories this year. Only Members can vote on whether or not we should go on strike, on electing our Union’s leadership like President, Executive Board and Bargaining Team Representatives, or on accepting or rejecting contracts.