WHAT ABOUT UNION DUES?
Membership in the IBEW, like membership in any other organization, comes with the obligation to pay periodic dues. These dues are set by a vote of the membership. The dues help pay for the costs of representing workers’ interests and collective bargaining. Union dues are 100% Tax deductible.
It pays to belong
Statistics show that union members earn an average of 54 per cent more
than nonunion electricians in Toronto. That means union members receive a 50 fold return on their union dues investment, even before they take advantage of any other helpful union services.
Your dues cover costs associated with contract bargaining, workplace representation, conflict resolution, continuing education, use of the union’s legal services and professional staff.
No hidden costs
Members set the rate for union dues. Basic dues in the IBEW are currently $34.70 per month (2011). The IBEW’s financial statements and approved budgets are a matter of public record. What you see is what you get.
All IBEW members are entitled to the same high level of service. The size of your workplace doesn’t matter. No matter how big or how small the issue, you will always get the support you need.
Nonunion dues: $4000 per month?
it’s true, there is such a thing.
On average a nonunion electrician earns $25 per hour less than a union electrician.
$25/hr X 40hrs/wk = $1000 per week
$1000 X 50wks = $50,000 a year.
You’re paying $50,000 a year to be nonunion.
Bet your boss never explained that one to you.
But you’ve probably figured that out!