Dues & Death Assessments
Dues & Death Assessments are the sole responsibility of the member.
DUES – When you are working, the company usually will deduct your monthly dues off your cheque. Many companies will only make this deduction if you are working the first week of the month. It is very important to keep your cheque stubs in case there is a problem. If you started working after the first week of the month it is likely that you will have to pay those dues directly to the Union Hall. Regardless of whether you are working or not it is your responsibility to keep your monthly dues up-to-date.
DEATH ASSESSMENTS – The Hall has set up a system to assist the families of members who pass away. When a member passes away, $5.00 is collected from each member. This money is given to the beneficiary the deceased member has named on his “Beneficiary Card”. A cheque in the amount of 90% is given to the beneficiary as soon as we are notified of the death, and the balance is forwarded once it has been collected. Currently the sum is around $18,000.00.
If you allow your dues or death assessments to get behind you will be suspended and must pay a reinstatement fee of $500.00 and make application to be reinstated into the Lodge.
APPRENTICE SCHOOL DUES – Field Apprentices who are in technical training are allowed to pay “School Dues” for the months that they are in school. This will be approved by the Apprenticeship Coordinator.
SICK DUES – Members who are sick or injured and unable to work for a full calendar month may apply for sick dues This enables those members to maintain their membership without undue hardship.
If you are unable to work for more than four (4) days in a month, you are entitled to Sick Dues. These can be arranged by having your doctor fill out a form (available at the Hall). This form will indicate the date of disability and the length of time the member is expected to be off work. Members are still required to pay death assessments for the first six (6) months they are disabled.
Members who have been disabled for more than six (6) months, will have their names transferred to the Long Term Sick List and their death assessments will then be covered by the Hall until they are capable of returning to work. Members entitled to this benefit will receive a letter advising them of their status. The Hall Will not cover death assessments owed prior to the disability or for the first six months.
To ensure the health and safety of disabled members and their co-workers, members who have been placed on the long term sick list must provide a letter from their Doctor, stating they are able to resume their duties before a dispatch slip will be issued.
Disabled members may apply for benefits through the Health and Welfare Plan. Forms are available at the Hall. Keep in mind, You must be “IN BENEFIT” at the time of disability in order to be eligible for benefits.