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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I pay union dues and where do they go?
Why should I pay part of my hard earned wages toward Union dues? Where it may seem to some that this would be an insurmountable question and that there is no good reason to justify the payment of dues, the answer is really quite simple.
Every household, business firm, social or civic organization, church or government body requires financial support to carry out its functions and responsibilities. Similarly, labor unions need financial resources to conduct their affairs. Without adequate financial means, it would be impossible for our international union and our local unions to represent the members of our organization properly. The many kinds of services that labour unions provide require financial resources. Contract negotiating, grievance and arbitration handling, representing the interest of our members before the various levels of government, organizing the unorganized, and many other functions all require sufficient funding if our union is to represent our interests adequately in society as a whole and the work place in particular. Therefore, we, as members, have an obligation to recognize that our organization must have adequate financial support if we are going to be effective in representing our interests. As members of the IBEW, we also have a vote in determining the amount of dues the membership pays.
Your Union dues are broken down as follows:
- all classifications (working) - 1.3 hours pay per month
- all classifications (non-working) - $1.00
- Applicable International per capita fees are to assessed in addition to the above dues. This portion will rise by $1 to $12 per month in January 2009.
Where can I find the Collective Agreement for my group?
Collective agreements are printed in sufficient quantities by your Employer in English and French so that each employee shall have a copy in the language of their choice. In the event you require a replacement, we have links to .pdf documents on this website that you can print from. The links can be found on the Resources page under Agreements. NB Power employees can also find their agreements on the Company Intranet site.
What expenses will the Training Trust Fund cover for me to attend training?
All IBEW Local 37 members are eligible to attend TTF courses, and if space allows, spouses may also be able to attend. Expenses, including travel and accommodation, are reimbursed (as per Local 37 expense policy). Additionally, in most cases, time off work can be arranged.
Do I need to change my address with the union, or will
my Employer forward my new address?
Your employer DOES NOT forward your new address to IBEW Local 37. It is important for you to do so as we require your address for you to receive The IBEW Journal and Electrical Worker. Also, we will send notices and ballots for Election of Officers, Convention Delegates and other material related to issues important to you.