Union Dues

 

Union dues are a regular payment of money made by members of unions and they are used to fund the various activities in which the union engages.

Dues rates can be either a percentage of salary or a flat rate.  Percentage rates are always applied against the first step salary of the classification, not on the actual step salary. Dues are not applied against overtime, bonuses or retroactive pay. It is also important to note that currently, the PSAC is still using the 2013 salary to determine union dues.

All members belong to a local, which may have a local dues rate (adopted at its Annual General Meeting). All locals are affiliated with a component, in your case the Government Services Union, which has a dues rate that is adopted at the component’s Triennial Convention. And finally, each component is affiliated with PSAC, which has a rate that is adopted at the National Triennial Convention. All dues rates are democratically decided.

Currently, your PSAC dues rate is 0.9557% and your GSU dues rate is 0.626%, for a total of 1.5817% + $1 that goes to the PSAC strike fund. The final amount will vary depending on your Local dues rate*.

Example 1: Local has a fixed rate of $3.00

Assume you are an AS-02. In 2013, the first step salary for an AS-02 was $54,374.

AS-02 of $54,374 x 1.5817% (PSAC + GSU combined rate) = $860.03 in dues for 12 months.

$860.03 divided by 12 months:    $71.67 
                                                               +    $  1.00 for PSAC strike fund
                                                               +    $  3.00 for the Local fixed rate
                                                               =    $75.67 in dues per month

Example 2: Local has a percentage (%) rate of 0.235%

Assume you are an AS-02. In 2013, the first step salary for an AS-02 was $54,374.

AS-02 of $54,374 x 1.8167% (PSAC + GSU + Local combined rate) = $987.81 in dues for 12 months.

$987.81 divided by 12 months:    $82.32 
                                                             +    $  1.00 for PSAC strike fund
                                                             =    $83.32 in dues per month

 

* To find out what your Local dues rate is, please contact your Local’s representatives. Find their contact information here.