What are Union Dues used for? - April 8, 2015 | Webster University

What are Union Dues used for? - April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

Dear St. Louis Area Adjuncts and Instructors:

The Union is a large organization with a large number of employees. With that comes overhead in the form of salaries for Union personnel. Keep in mind the dues paid by individual members fund the salaries and benefits of Union officers and employees at the International offices in Washington, D.C., along with the regional and local offices. Membership dues also cover all Union employee benefits and taxes, along with operational expenditures and even office supplies for the Unions multiple locations all over the country. In addition, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) aggressively spends its collected dues on political activities and causes.

Some people believe the Union will provide a pension and health insurance in exchange for their membership dues. That is not the case. Dollars spent by the Union on pensions and health insurance actually fund the pensions and health insurance of the Unions officers and employees – NOT its members. You can view these expenses in the LM-2 reports, which are available at Webster.edu/wuafi.

Please vote NO when you receive your ballot from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) if you would prefer to spend your own money your own way, rather than hiring the SEIU to be your exclusive agent to negotiate your terms and conditions of employment with the University.

Dont forget to send any questions you may have to AdjunctQuestions@webster.edu and visit Webster.ed/wuafi for more information.