Think of union dues as insurance for your job. You pay for insurance for your vehicle and your home, so why wouldn’t you insure the one thing that allows you to afford those things: your job?
Teamsters Union 987 union dues represent approximately 1.5 percent of members’ annual wages, or 2.5 hours of monthly pay. The price of a daily coffee is a minor amount to pay for job security and the peace of mind that as a member, you are protected from all kinds of unfair treatment in the workplace.
Dues are collected from all members equally in accordance with their wages, and the benefits that come from the revenue collected are distributed equitably amongst the membership. Tangibly, they pay for professional negotiations, to train Shop Stewards, to strengthen and grow the membership, and for expert advice and legal representation when needed.
A small portion of dues go towards supporting our national and global organizations, Teamsters Canada and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Membership in these large and powerful organizations affords Local members the benefits of political advocacy, access to student scholarships, a place in the united organization of unionized workers around the world who stand up for their rights in the workplace.