(Posted March 10, 2008)
Welcome to the Teamsters Local #174 Members’ Office! Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning membership and dues. If you have any further questions, please contact us directly by phone, fax or e-mail.
A member in good standing is one whose dues are paid by the last day of the month each month, or for quarterly payers, the last day of the month the first month of the quarter.
There are many reasons to keep your membership in “good standing” with Local 174:
- In order to run for Union office or to be eligible for sick dues, a member must have been in good standing for the prior twenty-four months.
- To be eligible for the International Scholarship, a member must have been in good standing for the prior 12 months.
- For your beneficiary to be eligible for the Life With Dues insurance, a member’s dues must be paid through the month prior to his or her death.
- Your dues must be up-to-date in order to attend meetings and vote on contracts.
If a member’s dues are not paid by the last day of the month, there is a $10.00 per month late fine.
Once a member is 90 days behind in their dues, that member is automatically suspended. Once membership is suspended, the employer is notified that unless the member makes arrangements for payment, the contract is being violated and that member is in danger of losing their job.
In order to restore membership, back dues and fines must be paid in full. In addition, the Local 174 Bylaws stipulate that a $250.00 re-initiation fee shall be charged. The Dues Office mails reminder notices each month to any member who is not in good standing on the date the notices are generated. Please do not ignore them!
If your employer deducts your Union dues, there is some protection for keeping your membership in good standing.
However, once you are notified of a problem with your dues — [The Dues Office mails reminder notices each month to any member who is not in good standing on the date the notices are generated.] — it is your responsibility to contact the Dues Office at 206-441-6060 to take care of any shortage or discrepancy.
If you are not working for any reason, please contact the Dues Office for information on how to best protect your membership and not incur any additional fines or fees.
Dues are calculated based on your hourly rate of pay based on the International Constitution. If you make $11.00 per hour or less, the dues are two times your hourly rate of pay, plus $6.00 in assessments. If your hourly rate of pay is $11.01 or higher the calculation is 2-1/2 times your hourly rate of pay plus the $6.00. Public sector employees pay 2-1/4 the hourly rate of pay plus the $6.00 in assessments.
Again, if you have any questions or feel that your dues are not being calculated correctly, contact our Dues Office.