NOTICE REGARDING UNION SECURITY CLAUSE AND DUES DEDUCTION AUTHORIZATION
As an employee working under a UNITE HERE Local 8 agreement containing a union security clause, you are required, as a condition of employment, to pay dues or fees to the Union. This is the only obligation under the union security clause. You do not have to actually become a member of the Union. Individuals who are members pay dues while individuals who are nonmembers pay an equivalent fee. This fee, which is authorized by law, is your faire share of sustaining your union’s broad range of programs in support of you and your co-workers, but nonmembers may file objections to funding expenditures germane to the Union’s duties as collective bargaining agent. Nonmembers have the right to be given sufficient information to enable them to intelligently decide whether to object, and to be apprised of, the Internal Union procedures for filing objections. Individuals may obtain a description of the procedures, which must be followed to file such objections, and further information, by writing to UNITE HERE Local 8, Attention Office Manager at 5030 1st Avenue S, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98134.
Nonmember fee payers give up many benefits that only Union members receive. As a member you will have all the benefits and privileges of membership, including the right to fully participate in the internal activities of the Union, the right to attend and participate in membership meetings, the right to participate in the development of contract proposals and to participate in contract ratification and strike votes, the right to vote to set or raise dues and fees, the right to nominate and elect Union Officers, the right to run for Union office and for convention delegate, and the right to receive the international Union burial benefit. The Union Privilege Program of the AFL-CIO, available to members only, offers members such services as; reduced fee legal services, a prescription program with savings for long-term users of prescribed medicine, a mortgage program that allows Union members to receive reduced interest rates, a dental program, a lending program, and many other services available to Union members at lower rates.
The authorization for dues deduction is voluntary. If you do not wish the convenience of this payroll deduction but prefer to pay your dues and/or initiation fees directly to the Local Union office each month, you may do so. If you do not sign the dues deduction authorization you must then pay your dues and/or fees to the Local Union by the 10th of each month.