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Union question: do I have to pay?

Natasha 200 48 February 9, 2016 at 05:18 PM
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We live in WA state and my daughter found a part time minimum wage job at Fred Meyer store while she is a full time student. She got a letter from the union that she needs to pay $100 joining fee + $41 (or more) a month. She barely made $400 in that month and now this. She doesn't have any benefits and her wage is the minimum so why do they want her to pay?
I did some research and apparently WA is a forced-unionism state Mad. I never had any experience with the union as all my jobs were without one (thank God). If she does nothing, will she get fired? It's not a dream job, just something to get by for now.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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A few options.

1) Claim a religious exception
2) Resign her union membership and pay only an agency fee (which should be less).

More here: "Any union member paying full dues can resign at will and become a partial-dues, financial-core represented worker. Obviously, unions do not want workers to know this."

http://fee.org/articles/the-myth-...embership/

Outside of resigning and paying a reduced fee or the exception, she would be best served finding another job.

Been there and done that, personally. As a bag boy for QFC back in the day. Made $4.00 per hour and had to pay union dues - and had no benefits. What a joke.
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My union dues are 1% of salary or I can pay .65% of salary for a representation fee but I cannot vote.
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My union dues are 1% of salary or I can pay .65% of salary for a representation fee but I cannot vote.

That's more fair. In my daughter's case it's 10% on her minimum wage without any benefits. Looks like legal racketeering.

She'll ask them how much she has to pay just for representation (whatever that means in her case).
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Ha ha - will this thread end up in the podium?
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Well, she was going to call union and tell them she'll pay only representation fees BUT this week she got 0 hours and she is using this time to apply for non-union jobs now that we know what to look for. Thank you all for your help!!! Smilie
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She called the union to explain that she only gets 5 hours a week and to find out how much the representation only fees are. They told her that she still have to pay them in payments or she will get fired on Feb. 23rd. Then they transferred her to her rep's voicemail about the fees and it was full so she couldn't even leave a message.
2 days ago she went and quit. Her manager and her boss told her they were sad to see her go and that the sales went up in the department when she started working there but they couldn't do anything about the hours and union.
Her last 2 paychecks were around $40 and the union bill $140. How ridiculous is this??? Kind of reminds me of mafia movies where they take everything you made and you still owe them. So much for "freedom".
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Ridiculous.
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Right to work is a good thing. Sounds like it would have helped the OPs daughter
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She called the union to explain that she only gets 5 hours a week and to find out how much the representation only fees are. They told her that she still have to pay them in payments or she will get fired on Feb. 23rd. Then they transferred her to her rep's voicemail about the fees and it was full so she couldn't even leave a message.
2 days ago she went and quit. Her manager and her boss told her they were sad to see her go and that the sales went up in the department when she started working there but they couldn't do anything about the hours and union.
Her last 2 paychecks were around $40 and the union bill $140. How ridiculous is this??? Kind of reminds me of mafia movies where they take everything you made and you still owe them. So much for "freedom".
Sad story. I might suggest your daughter look into babysitting or something similar that pays under the table. That would also provide some experience in childcare which could lead to a decent job through college as a sitter or part time nanny.
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