[Q & A and Benefits] [Shop at Duluth Union Businesses]
You are probably reading this
page because you are a fair share fee payor of this Union. Please
consider joining the Union by signing a membership card (available
by contacting the Local
office) to become a full member. Your membership means we will
be able to do more, without it means a possible settlement for
Why is it important to become
- A large and diverse membership
is the main source of the Union's strength.
As a member you are showing support for our accomplishments,
both past and future.
- When our union makes decisions
together in elections and meetings it is the membership who participate
in those decisions.
- A high membership rate also
creates the potential for us to negotiate strong contracts.
Now is the time to increase our
membership rate. The University judges our strength in contract
negotiations based on our membership. A high membership rate greatly
increases our ability to negotiate a fair and equitable contract.
If you have not signed a membership card this is the time to do
so. The amount deducted from your check will only increase by
a few dollars a month. This small amount of money will make a
big difference in determining your economic well being in the
University Clerical and Technical
employees are still making less than State of Minnesota AFSCME
represented employees. In our next contract negotiations we must
narrow the gap between University and State of Minnesota salaries.
In the recent contract negotiations
we were able to have steps deleted from the bottom of over 30
clerical and technical job classifications. In our next contract
negotiations we must continue to have steps at the bottom of the
range removed and add steps to the top of the range. This will
benefit not only new hires but will keep the salaries moving up
for our long term employees who are at the top of the range.
It is the membership who decides
what we stand for as a Union. You are the Union. You make decisions
on better contract language proposals. Decide to sign a membership
card and you will be supporting your present and future coworkers
Working together we can and will
have a major impact on our salaries, job security and mobility
at the University. Our real power lies in our numbers and our
ability to mobilize our work force. Thank you for your support
and always remember:
This University Works
Because We Do!