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.