Dues provide the resources to stand up for good jobs and benefits, decent working conditions and a better future for our families. That is why union members in private industry earn 38% more on average than non-union workers. They also receive 54% more in benefits. None of this would be possible without the strength that comes from our Teamster dues.
If your employer deducts your dues, there is some protection for keeping your membership in good standing. Many employers have agreed to deduct monthly and supplemental dues for your convenience, however, failure of an employer to properly deduct dues owed does not negate you from the responsibility. Once you are notified of a problem with your dues it is your responsibility to contact the dues office to take care of any shortage or discrepancy in a timely manner.
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 additional fines.
PAYMENT OF ANY DUES OR FEES OWED BY THE MEMBER IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEMBER.
When submitting a dues payment include your ledger number and remit:
- Pay your dues online.
- Call, mail or come in to Anchorage, Fairbanks or Wasilla.
- Pay with personal check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, money orders, or cash.
- Sign up with “Bill Pay” with your bank to have your dues deducted from your account.
- Sign up for payroll deduction through your employer. Request a deduction authorization form from the Dues Office.
Monthly dues are required while you are in Teamster-represented employment. To remain a member in good standing, dues must be paid on or before the last business day of the current month. The rate is calculated using your current wage and hours worked as follows:
- You earn over $11.00 per hour, your rate is 2.5 times your hourly earnings rate, rounded to the nearest whole dollar.
- You earn $11.00 per hour or less, your rate is 2.0 times your hourly earnings rate and rounded to the nearest dollar.
- If you work more than 24 hours in a month, you owe at the full “working” dues rate.
- If you work 24 hours or less in the month, you owe dues at the $21 “non-working” dues rate (or your normal dues rate, whichever is lower).
If you are more than three months behind in monthly dues, your membership will be suspended. To reinstate your membership, you will owe a $100 reinstatement fee, all back dues for months worked, and three months dues going forward. When your membership is suspended, you will lose your start date for bidding on non-construction work through the Hiring Hall, your out-of-work date for bidding construction calls, and you will forfeit your place on any other special skills hiring lists.
Supplemental (Working) Dues
In addition to monthly dues Local 959 has Supplemental dues which are calculated as a percentage of gross wages at the rate of 1.9%, or a phase-in formula is in place for newly organized groups. Supplemental dues are generally deducted from a member’s pay and forwarded to the Union by the employer.
A one-time fee is charged as the initiation fee to join the Union. If you work in the construction industry, this fee is due by the fifteenth day of work. For non-construction industries, it is due by the 31st day after beginning Teamster-represented employment. The initiation fee rate is dependent upon the first job a prospective member works. The prospective member will not enjoy full membership privileges until the initiation is paid in full.
When a member becomes unemployed within the jurisdiction of Teamsters Local 959, the member shall be issued an honorable withdrawal card upon request. Taking an honorable withdrawal severs your dues responsibility and your membership privileges. In addition, you will lose your start date for bidding on non-construction work and your out-of-work date for bidding on construction jobs.
To take a withdrawal, you will need to fill out a form and be current with your dues. You may resume your membership at any time by “depositing” your withdrawal and paying monthly dues once again.
Notice to Employees Working under Teamster Contracts
The labor contracts between Teamsters Local 959 and employers include union security clauses that require employees covered by the contracts to be members of the union in good standing. If an employee is not in good standing with the union, the union may ask for termination, and the contracts require the company to discharge the person. Members are in “good standing” if their initiation fee is paid and dues are current.
If you are employed at a Teamster represented employer and do not wish to be a union member you will need to submit a letter requesting to be a fee payer to Rick Boyles, Secretary-Treasurer, 520 East 34th Avenue, Suite 102, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Contact the legal department for complete information. A proportionate fee payer pays a reduced initiation fee and a reduced dues amount. If a person falls behind in paying the fees, the union may ask the employer to discharge that person, as it can in the case of a union member. A proportionate fee payer is not a union member and does not enjoy many of the benefits of union membership.
|Anchorage (Main Office) (907) 751-8521 or 800-478-0959
520 E. 34th Avenue, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99503
|Fairbanks (Sub Office) (907) 452-2959 or 877-419-4959
751 Old Richardson Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99701
|Juneau (Sub Office) (907) 586-3225
306 Willoughby, Juneau, AK 99801
|Kenai (Sub Office) (907) 283-4498
610 Attla Way, #6A, Kenai, AK 99611
|Kodiak (Sub Office) (907) 486-8818
1201 Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK 99615
|Wasilla (Sub Office) (907) 864-0959
609 S. Knik-Goose Bay Road, Suite F, Wasilla, AK 99654