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UAW members pay monthly dues equal to two hours pay or, for salaried workers, 1.15% of their monthly salary. Delegates to the 1967 Special Convention established the current dues structure that ties dues to straight time hourly earnings, including negotiated profit sharing and bonuses, but not overtime pay. Public employees who are prohibited by law from striking are not obligated to pay into the UAW Strike Fund, where a portion of dues money normally goes, as explained in the table below.
UAW members determine dues in the UAW by electing delegates from their local unions to attend conventions where constitutional matters, such as dues, are determined. Local union delegates at a Special Convention set the current UAW dues formula in 1967.
UAW member's dues are divided among three UAW funds: local unions, the International UAW, and the Strike Assistance Fund. At the 2006 Constitutional Convention, dues rebates were adjusted to put local unions and the International UAW on a more stable financial path. These rebates are in effect so long as the Strike Assistance Fund maintains a balance above $550 million.
We believe UAW members must always be protected financially if they decide they have no choice but to strike. While some unions do not maintain strike funds, the UAW believes that a strong strike assistance program is important to show employers that we are willing and able to strike.
Knowing that the UAW is prepared in the event of a strike makes employers more likely to bargain fair contracts. Because we are prepared, very few UAW negotiations end in a strike.
Today UAW strike benefits are $200 a week plus medical-hospital and life insurance coverage.
The paycheck and benefit rewards for belonging to a union are well known. Even after dues are deducted, UAW members bring home far more money and have more generous benefits than most nonunion workers.
But belonging to a union brings rewards greater than bigger paychecks and better benefits. Union members have the dignity of collective bargaining, which gives them a voice they wouldn’t otherwise have in decisions that impact their lives and livelihood.
Under the current rebate system, the majority of your dues dollar remains in your local union where it plays a vital role in protecting your rights.
The first job of local unions is to help negotiate and enforce our contracts, but UAW locals do much more. Many locals have committees for organizing new groups of workers, fighting for civil rights, organizing recreation activities, honoring our veterans, and much more. Local unions are the primary way members can get involved in fighting for social and economic justice at their workplace and in their community.
The International UAW has blazed the trail for American workers for over 70 years. The bargaining accomplishments of the UAW are a matter of record. We've negotiated pensions, health insurance, job security, health and safety standards, fair work procedures, joint quality programs, and many other innovations.
But our successes in the face of stiff political and corporate opposition as well as changing economic circumstances haven’t come by accident. Our UAW international representatives are skilled, well-informed, and dedicated to our members’ interests. They work with our local union leadership, and they are backed by a top notch staff of professionals, including lawyers, actuaries, financial analysts, and other experts.
UAW lawyers have fought for us all the way to the Supreme Court -- and have won.
Our pension experts have helped design some of the most innovative pensions in the country, and they've fought to improve and protect our pensions despite corporate mergers, buyouts, and other maneuvers.
Our health and safety department inspects workplaces, educates local health and safety teams, and fights for federal standards to protect us.
We educate our members and communities about the goals and accomplishments of unions, and we work to make sure that political changes help -- not hurt -- workers and our families.
We publish Solidarity magazine with its lively letters-to-the editor pages and reports on the issues and activities that matter to our members.
We fight in every arena -- at the bargaining table, in Congress and state legislatures, in the courts, and in community organizations -- to protect our members’ rights to a good wage, decent retirement, and safe workplace.