Myths About Faculty Unions: #5

“Dues will be excessive, and unpredictable from year to year.”

Not true.  We will be setting our own dues by majority vote. Union dues don’t change until members vote to increase (or decrease) them.

Dues vary from union to union. Some unions assess themselves a flat rate, in others dues are a percentage of salary. For example, at Rutgers, union dues are .75% of a person’s salary. Typical faculty union dues are about 1.25%-1.5% of gross salary.

Dues go to the local, state and national affiliates to fund the union office and staff, lobbying, union-related campaigns, policy research, member education, legal costs to represent members, and research for negotiation and enforcement of the contract.