Modern Union FAQs

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How are union dues determined?


How are union dues determined?

Dues are the engine that keeps a union going. They’re not just the dollars that get taken out of a paycheck, but the dollars that fund bargaining and benefits, giving members a valuable return on their investment. These dues aren’t just arbitrarily determined, but carefully calculated to fund the union’s essential functions for their members. According to the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, each dollar in dues paid by Minnesota’s union construction members has an estimated $5.59 returned to them in after-tax income.

Here are a few things your union dues fund:


Collective bargaining is the most powerful tool a union has. Dues cover the cost of negotiating to give members the best wages and working conditions possible.


Dues help give union members the tools they need to live a happy, healthy life. From health insurance to pension and beyond, these are the building blocks beyond the paycheck that support union members and their families.


One of the biggest advantages of union membership is the quality training that’s built into the program. Dues help cover the cost of union education for both apprenticeship training and continued education for all members, making sure union quality and its members are top-notch.


A small portion of dues goes to fighting for the rights of union members at every level of government to make sure your wages, jobs and pension are safe. It’s crucial to keeping organized labor strong and protecting workers’ rights.