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MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What are my Local Union membership dues?
A: If you earn $11.00 per hour, or less, your dues rate is 2 times your hourly rate of pay, plus a $4.00 assessment for the legal fund and strike fund. Those earnings over $11.00 per hour pay 2 ½ times their hourly rate of pay, plus the $4.00 assessment.
Industrial Construction and Pipeline Members pay a $25/month “non working” rate when not working. When working they pay $25/month in addition to $0.52 per working hour.
Members of our Motion Picture Division pay $23/month “non working dues”. When working they pay 2% of gross earnings in addition to the $23/month.
Q: What are my rights as a member covered by a Collective Agreement?
A: A copy of your Collective Agreement can be picked up at the Local Union office. Once you have received your copy, please read the agreement in its entirety. The Collective Agreement outlines your rights and responsibilities to the Company at which you are employed as well as the Company’s obligations to you.
Q: How do I know what’s in our Collective Agreement?
A: When you are hired, the Employer should ask you to fill in a Teamster Application Card and give you a copy of your Collective Agreement. Your Shop Steward will also have a copy of the Agreement on hand. Read it and ask your Business Agent about any questions you may have.
Q: I’m afraid of my boss, but I think I have a problem at work.
A: The Union realizes that it takes a significant degree of courage for an employee to complain. We’ve been told time and time again that the “Boss is Always Right”. For Union employees, however, the Collective Agreement is the measure of right and wrong and the Union Reps will make every effort to support you through the process.
Q: Why haven’t I received any Local Union correspondence?
A: In order to receive Local Union information it is imperative that you keep your current mailing address up-to-date with your Local Union office. Simply call the office and leave a change of address with the office personnel.