Most unions have initiation fees and monthly dues. It is the members responsibility to ensure that dues are paid on time and that they remain in good standing with the union. The following information is provided to assist you in understanding the dues structure.
Monthly Dues - $5.00
Field Dues - 2.5% of gross wages
International Working Dues - 1% of total wage package
Building Trades Council - $0.06 per hour
Receipts are issued by the Local at the end of February for the previous years' dues.
The following Sections are outlined in the International Constitution (Constitution Of The Operative Plasterers' And Cement Masons' International Association) pertaining to good standing, suspension, and dropped rules.
ARTICLE XXIII – DROPPED MEMBERS
“Section 3 (A) Members who have not paid their dues for a period of 6 months will automatically be dropped (expelled) from the Local and International Association.”
ARTICLE XXXIV – GOOD STANDING
“Section 1 (A) As used throughout this Constitution, a member shall be considered to be in good standing on any particular date if he owes no more than two months dues including any amount owed as dues for the month in which the particular date falls.”
EXAMPLE: A member will be considered to be in good standing on July 1st if he owes no more than two months dues to the local union. Thus, if the member was completely paid up in dues through May, but owed dues for June and July, the member would be considered to be in good standing. If the member also owed dues for May, the member would not be in good standing on July 1.
ARTICLE XXIII – LOSS OF GOOD STANDING AND SUSPENSION
“Section 2 (A) Any member who becomes more than two months delinquent in the payment of his dues is no longer in good standing, in accordance with Article 34, Section 1 of the Constitution.”
“Section 2 (B) Any member who becomes more than three months delinquent in the payment of his dues shall be suspended from the Local Union and the International Association. A suspended member shall be denied all rights and privileges of good standing and is not entitled to any monetary benefits."