All unions require financial resources to achieve their objectives. In addition to covering the basic costs of union representation (negotiating and implementing contracts and processing grievances), most unions also assess dues to support internal organizing programs to keep the local strong. These programs can include membership drives, training, political action, and solidarity campaigns.
The union dues rate for members of United Academics is 1.1% of salary.
Before being certified as a union, faculty activists developed a proposed budget for the future union. When developing the budget, the committee tried to strike a balance, providing enough funds to have a robust and impactful union while keeping dues as low as possible. In October 2013, the membership of United Academics approved a proposal to set the dues at 1.1% and they have remained at that level through the life of the union.
Our dues are in keeping with the dues levels at other faculty unions across the country, especially those unions who are jointly affiliated with AFT and AAUP.