No one is forced to join a union.

Only those who voluntarily sign a union membership form become union members and pay dues to the union.

Under state law, all public employee unions must provide services and equal representation to all members (union or non-union) of a bargaining unit.

This means that unions must provide appropriate services, including representation, to all members of a bargaining unit – union members and non-union members.

The contract rights negotiated by the union are the contract rights for all members of the bargaining unit – union members and non-union members.

When the union negotiates a wage increase or better working conditions, all members of the bargaining unit benefit – union members and non-union members – because all members of a bargaining unit are bound by the same union-negotiated contract.

Fair share is fair

Fair share exists in locals where a majority of the bargaining unit members voted for fair share and the employer agreed to it as well.

Every local association represents everyone in the bargaining unit equally, so it is fair that all who benefit from the hard work of the association should also contribute to the paying the cost of providing services.

Why education employees support fair share

Unity equals strength in bargaining and enforcing the contract. Fair share helps foster the unity we need to amplify our voice and advocate for the best teaching and learning conditions.

Our association represents everyone in the bargaining unit equally, so it’s essential and fair that all who benefit from the hard work of the association also contribute.

Fair share helps keep the dues low by sharing the costs among everyone who receives the benefits of union representation.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I think that as a Union we need to inform our members the difference between a member and a fair share (non-member) so they have a better understanding of what this means. Fair share payers are paying for the bargaining unit contract that was bargained on their behalf for better working conditions, such as salary, health insurance, representative matters, etc.. Members receive the same as well but are also members of the National Education Association which have additional benefits such as consumer discount programs, credit programs, loan and mortgage programs, etc.. Members also are able to vote when it comes to their collective bargaining agreements. Fair share payers do not vote but will receive the benefits negotiated on their behalf. I think it is only fair that a unit member pay fees for the contract that the union enforce on their behalf.

  2. Fair share payers DO NOT PAY FOR ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITY OF THEIR UNION. The very premise upon which Rauner is attacking fair share is– WRONG. When a unit member pays fair share, sometimes called “agency fees,” the decrease in the payment comes from deducting the percentage of dues which goes to fund IPACE, our section in charge of political action. Thus, fair share payers are NOT PAYING FOR THEIR UNIONS TO ENGAGE IN POLITICS. They only pay fees that allow the union to enforce their contract on their behalf.

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