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WHY DO I PAY UNION DUES?
UFCW Local 247 is a union, a not-for-profit organization that exists for the betterment of its members. Your dues pay for the costs of contract negotiations, servicing members, legal fees, organizing new members, education, and grievance processing, just to name a few.
Union members pay dues for the same reason that civic, cultural, business, and professional association members pay dues: It costs money to run an organization, and particularly in our case, it also costs money to defend the best interests of the members.
New members pay a one-time initiation fee of $50, unless you have previously been a member of UFCW and paid an initiation fee at another UFCW Local. If that is the case, contact your union representative to initiate the reimbursement process.
UFCW LOCAL 247 DUES STRUCTURE
DUES STRUCTURE A
Dues Structure A applies to members working for the following employers:
DUES STRUCTURE B
Dues Structure B applies to members working for the following employers:
Members in some workplaces have voted to contribute to the UFCW’s National Defence Fund (NDF). The NDF is a special fund designated solely to help contributing UFCW members across Canada who may be involved in labour disputes with their employer. Contribution rates vary per week.
YOUR DUES DOLLARS BUY A LOT!
THE DUES DOLLARS COLLECTED ARE USED TO PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES TO YOU AND YOUR CO-WORKERS:
WORKERS COMPENSATION (WORKSAFE BC)
UFCW Local 247, through its education department, provides free courses and seminars for members around British Columbia. It provides skills training, labour courses and community-based education and outreach. Members also get access to UFCW’s webCampus free online computer courses and educational opportunities that are extended to their families.
In defending the rights of union members to be treated fairly, Union Representatives often consult or seek guidance from legal counsel to ensure we are achieving the best possible results for members when dealing with grievances and other day-to-day issues. Local 247 processes dozens of arbitration hearings for members each year, and covers all the costs, including legal fees for the Union’s lawyers to represent our members. Successful arbitrations put money directly in the pockets of our members, and even when they are unsuccessful, employers are put on notice that the union will defend its members.
Hundreds of grievances are processed by Local 247 Union Representatives each year. While many of these grievances are settled without the need for arbitration, it is still an expensive process.
Contract negotiations are one of the union’s core responsibilities, and with members from a variety of employers and workplaces, negotiations are an ongoing task for Local 247. The cost of achieving good collective agreements is high, and it is not uncommon for hundreds of thousands of dollars to be spent each year directly on negotiations.
WORKPLACE SERVICING CALLS
Local 247 Staff Union Representatives make workplace visits to members in all of our locations throughout the province of British Columbia. These services help provide Local 247 members with the security and representation they are entitled to receive.