How much will SHARE union dues be in 2018?
For 2018, dues will increase for most members by 46 cents per pay period. Below are the old and dues new rates. The new rate will be effective on the first paycheck you receive in January 2018.
Per Pay Period (2 weeks) 2017 rate 2018 rate
Regular dues rate $17.48 $17.94
20-hours/week $13.09 $13.43
That's a total annual increase of $11.96 ($8.84 for employees working 20 hrs/week).
Where does the money go?
The money from dues supports the work that SHARE does. It pays for the organizers' salaries, office rent and supplies, phones, printing costs and postage for mailings – all the things we need to negotiate good contracts, keep people informed, help members to solve problems if they come up, and to support members in having a voice in the workplace. A portion of the dues also goes to our national union, AFSCME, in Washington, and helps to pay for other groups of employees forming unions in their workplaces, and for research and lobbying.
How is the dues increase determined?
Our national union, AFSCME, calculates the annual increase based on the average raise for AFSCME members across the country. The new rate goes into effect each January.
Are my SHARE dues eating my raise every year?
SHARE members gain more than non-union employees even taking the cost of dues into account. In fact, from the end of June 2012 to the end of June in 2017, SHARE members got more raises than non-union employees. SHARE members get bigger raises (the difference in any particular year between a union raise and non-union raise is small, but the difference adds up). And each year the advantage of being in SHARE grows by having a voice in issues that affect us.
In what ways does having a union give SHARE members a voice?
In contract negotiations, we have a voice in our pay, benefits and work policies
In union meetings and individual conversations, we have a voice in the direction and priorities of the union
Through the problem-solving process, we have a voice when individual problems/conflicts come up at work
In union elections, we have a voice in who our representatives will be
Through committees and ad-hoc negotiations, we have a voice in issues that face groups of SHARE members
You can talk to any of our E-board members or local reps who are active with SHARE, call the SHARE office at 508-929-4020 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org