Paying union dues is typically an unavoidable fact. The SEIU gets its cut of your paycheck and is free to do what it wants with those funds without your approval. Here are some facts about initiation fees and union dues, according to the SEIU Constitution:
FACT Regarding Minimum Dues: "Effective January 1, 2009, for all members
of Local Unions who have annual earnings of $16,000
or more, the minimum dues shall be equal to $29.00
per month. Effective January 1, 2009, for all members
with annual earnings between $5,500 and $16,000, the
minimum dues shall be equal to $24.00 per month." (Article XV, Section 6(a))
FACT Regarding Maximum Dues: "A Local Unionís dues system shall not contain a
maximum limitation on the dues amount per member otherwise applicable under the Local Unionís dues formula." (Article XV, Section 6(b))
FACT, Regarding Dues System: "Every Local Union shall strive to have a membership
dues system based on a percentage of monthly gross
earnings." (Article XV, Section 6(c))
The SEIU stands to gain a lot by organizing Banner Health. With more than 35,000 employees paying dues for every week for three years, that money can really add up. That's what the organizing drive means to the SEIU - money.
But what would that mean to you? By entering some simple information, you can see what you might be giving the SEIU over the life of a three-year contract.
Remember, the SEIU can only get what Banner Health is willing to give.