Q: Do I have to pay union fees if hired by Illinois State University as a parking officer?
I was recently hired by Illinois State University as a parking officer. I received a letter saying I have 30 days from date of hire to join or opt out. However the University contract with the union states they will withhold “fair share” payments from wages regardless of membership. The issue is this, while I don’t mind paying for collective bargaining (even though I feel they could do better) I don’t want to be paying for political agenda items nor politicians they endorse. What can I do?
A: Yes. If your salary was negotiated by a union, you have to pay "shop dues" or some other such fee as if you were in the union. So, since you have to pay dues anyway, you should probably join, then you get the benefit of having someone in your corner if there is a problem, such as you have an altercation with someone because they don't want to wear a mask and it is your job to enforce the rules.
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