The URA is committed to ensuring that our membership is well-versed in our contract and our rights. To that end we are rolling out a series of Contract Education articles to help you understand the importance of our contract; how the various articles are beneficial to you, and when and how they are applicable.
What is the Difference Between Union Dues and Agency Fee?
- Our union represents two different types of employees. One is a union member who pays dues and is a full member of the URA. The other is a person who has not signed a membership card and is an “agency fee” employee.
Under the URA-AFT Constitution, Article X, dues have been set by the membership at 1.2% of your yearly straight time salary. For an average employee represented by the URA this translates into approximately $26.00 per pay period. Those who have not signed a membership card pay 85% of the 1.2% dues rate. For the average agency fee employee this translates to approximately $22.10 per pay period. [See
Union dues are the life blood of our union. Without dues, there would be no lost-time pay for negotiating committee members, no funds for training, no lawyers to pursue arbitrations, no one to turn to when you are unfairly treated or disciplined, and no trained representatives to take your side when things get bad. You are simply at the mercy of your employer.
So what is the difference between being a full member or just paying the Agency Fee?
The following outlines the basic difference between joining the Union of Rutgers Administrators or paying the Agency Fee.
By choosing to pay Union Dues, you become a full member of the Union of Rutgers Administrators. In addition there are many benefits to becoming a full member of the URA-AFT. They are:
- Gives you and your co-workers a louder voice at the negotiating table, as well as State and National political issues effecting public sector workers.
- Full rights and benefits outlined in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Union of Rutgers Administrators and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
- The ability to run and vote in local URA elections. This gives you, the member, the opportunity to vote for your leadership or become a URA leader yourself. Additionally, your voting rights give you more of a voice in many policy decisions that affect your employment at Rutgers including those found in our contract.
- The ability to vote on your contract.
- Eligibility for numerous URA Discounts & Programs which include, but are not limited to various insurance, travel and entertainment discounts. [See http://www.aft.org/benefits]
- As a dues paying member, you may also be eligible to receive legal advice in certain employment related, non-contractual matters as well as access to an Attorney Referral Service for other matters. Agency fee payers have no access to this benefit.
- Only Dues Paying members can attend URA Monthly Membership Meetings and get continuous access to the URA’s electronic newsletters (E‑News). This gives you access to the most important information regarding raises and other timely information.
Full-Time: 85% of union dues or 1.02% of yearly straight time salary. [$3.90 less per pay period]
By only paying the agency fee you are only entitled to:
- Full rights and benefits outlined in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Union of Rutgers Administrators and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As an Agency Service Fee payer, you have no access to any of the numerous URA-AFT benefits. The Agency Service Fee covers only the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
It is very important to all of us represented by the URA to be full members. The benefits you receive are well worth the $3.90 per pay period.