If you are currently in a workplace that is not unionized and you and your coworkers are interested in joining the NSGEU, please contact the union toll-free at 1-877-556-7438 or by email at email@example.com.
The NSGEU calculates union dues at 1.25% per pay cheque. That’s the fairest way to do it because the dues you pay are based on your hourly rate or bi-weekly salary in your collective agreement. Union dues are not deducted on overtime, shift premiums or vacation pay. So for every $10,000 in salary you earn, you pay $125/year, if you earn $30,000 you would pay $14.42/pay. Every penny that you pay to union dues is tax deductible, approximately 70%.
Your dues allow the NSGEU to provide you and your fellow workers with the benefits of being a union member. These include:
No. It is a fundamental right of every Canadian to belong to a union if they choose. It is against the law for any employer to threaten, intimidate or punish any employee because they want to join a union.
Not if the employees are represented by a union. Once people decide to join a union, matters like wages, benefits, and insurance coverage are subject to negotiation. Then they’re written up in the collective agreement. The employer cannot unilaterally change the collective agreement.
At the application for certification your benefits are frozen “as is”. The employer cannot change them. Benefits are negotiated in the collective agreement. You and your fellow workers decide what benefits you want to demand in the agreement, and this is what we bargain for in the agreement.
No. The decision whether or not to go on strike is made democratically by you and your fellow workers.
These are only some of the many benefits union membership can provide. It is time to say yes! If you have any further questions or concerns, call me.
All calls are confidential. Lori Smith, NSGEU Organizing Officer. 902.456.6531
Remember, it’s not too late to sign a card.
Members of NSGEU contribute 1.25% in union dues. To make this clear, if you earn $30,000/year, you contribute $14.42/pay. 100% of the membership dues you contribute are tax deductible! Nobody questions the necessity of insuring their home, their car, their life. Union dues are a way of insuring your job! If you have a car accident, your rates increase. Your union dues are the same no matter how much you rely on NSGEU. As well, you will not pay union dues until you have a signed collective agreement! NSGEU is non-profit all dues collected are spent on the members! So … what do you get for your union dues?
Union dues pay for the services NSGEU provides to members. Union membership is worth every penny!