Your Questions Answered: Dues
Q: When do we start paying dues if we join UNAC/UHCP?
A: No one pays any dues at all until after we negotiate a contract and a majority of us vote to approve it. If we’re not satisfied with the agreement, we can vote “No” without paying any dues at all. If we win a contract that improves patient care and working conditions for RNs, we can vote “Yes,” and only then will dues begin.
Q: How much will we pay in dues?
A: Dues are based on the average hourly rate of nurses at the hospital. Typically, UNAC/UHCP nurses pay about 1% per month, or a little less than two hours of pay a month.
Q: Where do our dues go?
A: We’ll keep a portion of our dues to run our own independent affiliate. Another portion will go to the UNAC/UHCP State Office, to support the representation, legal, communications, research and political expertise that will protect our contract and our patients.
Q: What can our dues help us achieve?
A: Compare Two Hospitals:
1. WITH DUES, GUARANTEED BY UNION CONTRACT:
- Patient Safety Protections
- A Voice in Patient Care Decisions
- Respect for Nurses
- Better Working Conditions for Nurses
- Regular Raises and Better Benefits
- Protections Against Arbitrary Discipline and Favoritism
- Job Security Protections
2. NO DUES, NO CONTRACT AND NO GUARANTEES:
- Unsafe Staffing
- No Voice for RNs in Patient Care Decisions
- No Respect for Nurses
- Unsafe and Unpredictable Working Conditions
- No Regular Raises/”Merit Pay” Based on Favoritism
- Arbitrary Discipline With No Remedy
- “At Will” Employment: RNs Can Be Fired at Any Time With No Remedy