Dues Change FAQs – Effective Jan. 1, 2019

Why are Union dues changing?

The members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota voted at our annual convention in 2017 to change to a percentage-based dues structure to ensure we will continue to be a strong organization into the future. The change will result in a loss of revenue for the Union.  It will, however, create a more equitable system for all members.

Other considerations that went into the change were:

  • The current dues structures are complicated to explain and members often complained about not understanding them.
  • The complexity of the current systems make them difficult and expensive to administer. Employers make many mistakes each month, resulting in thousands of reconciliations and refunds annually. The change will result in fewer errors, over payments and will be significantly less expensive to administer.
  • Part-time members currently pay the same amount as full-time members, rather than a pro-rated amount. This results in part-time members paying two times as much as full-time members (or more) on a percentage basis. A Percentage based dues structure is fair for everybody and will be based on actual earnings per pay period.

 

How will the dues change work? 

Dues will be taken out every paycheck based on earnings for that pay period.

Members will pay 2.25% of their earnings per pay period with a cap of $36 a pay period.  There is also a minimum of $5 if worked in a pay period.

For example:

Member wage 80 hours/pay period 40 hours/pay period 20 hours/pay period
$15 $27.00 $13.50 $6.75
$17 $30.60 $15.30 $7.65
$20 $36.00 $18.00 $9.00
$30 $36.00 $27.00 $13.50
$40 $36.00 $36.00 $18.00

The cap for members in Rochester who merged into SEIU will be $22. This cap will increase $.50/year for the next 5 years. The cap for members in Duluth, Cloquet and Superior who merged into SEIU will be $20. This cap will increase $.50/year for the next 5 years. Home care members will continue to pay the 3% dues rate they voted to adopt when joining our union in 2014.

Actual dues amounts per pay period may vary based on actual gross pay per pay period (including differentials and overtime).

 

What is the percentage and how can I calculate it?

The easiest way to do this is to multiply the gross pay on your paystub by .0225%.  Remember if the amount is more than your per pay per cap of $36 (or $22 or $20)), no more than $36 (or $2 or $20) will be deducted.  If it is less than $5 then $5 will be deducted.

 

What if I am paid weekly or monthly or during months in which I receive 3 paychecks?

Members working under contracts with 26 pay periods will see dues deducted out of every pay period, including in the two months each year when three pay checks are earned.

Members working under contracts with more, or fewer, than 26 pay periods per year, will see their per pay period percentages, minimums and maximums adjusted to be equal to the 26 pay period calculation in the above dues structure.

 

Will I be paying more?

Some full-time members will see an increase, but many will end up paying the same (or less) per year, depending on specific earning situations and whether or not a leave of absence or disability leave is taken.  Almost all of our part-time members will see a decrease and members who are currently paying the monthly maximum will see a decrease.  The members who voted to make this change last year believe this structure creates more equitable dues contributions for all members.

 

Are overtime hours included in the percentage production?

All earnings are included in dues calculations.  This would include compensation for overtime, differentials, call-pay, vacation, sick, holiday, and/or PTO hours. It would not include short-term or long-term disability payments made from a disability plan negotiated in our Union contracts.

 

What is not included in the deduction?

Members who do not earn money in a pay period, do not owe dues.  All deductions are based on gross earnings/pay period.  For example, if you are on an unpaid leave of absence, you would not pay dues for the time you were off work and not earning money.

 

It used to be that one check had to use deductions and the other paychecks in the month did not, does this mean my dues are doubling?

No. Dues are not doubling. The dues cap was also changed and lowered to reflect a per pay period deduction. The new annual maximum dues amount will actually be lower than under the previous dues structure and per pay period dues amounts should be about half of what they were on a monthly basis, with some members seeing slightly less and others slightly more. The majority of members will see a decrease in their dues as a result of this change.

 

I already paid the maximum, does this mean I pay more?

For members on the traditional SEIU dues structure, the cap used to be $79 a month.  It will now be $36/pay period cap. For those paying the maximum every pay period during a year, this will result in a $12 reduction in annual dues.

For members from merged Unions in Rochester, Duluth, Cloquet and Superior, the maximum is increasing as the structure changes from a flat rate to a pro-rated system where part-time members pay a pro-rated amount.

 

Will dues be changing for home care members?

Home care members will continue to pay percentage dues on a per pay period basis of 3%. The new minimums and maximums, however, will apply to home care members. The vast majority of home care members will see no change in the current per pay period dues system.

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