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Union dues

Compare the differences with the different available unions. Which is the better choice?
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Union dues

Postby goatdancer » Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:07 pm

How much were the union dues? Did they remain in Canada or did they go to the International office in the US? Was there a strike fund and where was it located? How much of the dues came back to run the locals?



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Postby lonetag » Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:52 am

There is part the great pot of bulls**t the TWU spewed out during the campaign to choose a bargaining agent. Great fanfare was made that a portion of the dues (like $5 or something) was sent to International. The fact is the IBEW in turn reinvested in Canada more than they ever collected. One of the prime services is guidance to the local through the regional based international reps. These people made sure the local remained legal, above aboard, and respected the IBEW constitution (which makes the TWU one look like swiss-cheese) and ensure the local operated in a democratic manner. They also provided guidance and support to the locals as requested including training shop stewards, executive etc. Generally International Reps were previously elected Business Managers that demostrated superior skills and took the next step up.

And the dues in Alberta where like HALF of what we were paying in the TWU in BC.




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