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The largest and most effective union for healthcare workers in Massachusetts

Membership Rights

Congratulations on your new job and welcome to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

You have the opportunity to join the largest healthcare union, with the highest standards (wages and benefits) in the United States. 1199 is a proud union, which has been in the forefront of the struggles for workers' rights and human rights. We hope you will join with us and become an active member of 1199.

Your new job is part of the 1199 bargaining unit. Years ago employees in this job, as well as in other similar jobs, voted to be represented by 1199. Since then, the terms and conditions of employment for your new job are negotiated by the membership of 1199.

Membership in 1199 is very special. Not only are there material benefits which flow from membership, but as a member of 1199 you can participate with your co-workers in making vital decisions that affect you and your families' lives: what wage increases, health insurance and pension benefits will be in your collective bargaining agreement, whether or not you will strike, whom you entrust with the leadership of your Union. These are the decisions that only Union Members can make. Union Membership also carries with it the responsibility to help finance the Union's programs through monthly dues, to ensure the strength and vitality of the Union which translate into your wage and benefit levels.

Federal law requires 1199 to notify new hires that an individual covered by a collective bargaining agreement can choose not to be a member of 1199, and still receive the terms of the collective bargaining agreement (but not the benefits of Union Membership). If you choose not to be a member, and thus to forgo the benefits of Union Membership, under the collective bargaining agreement your obligation is limited to the payment of fees equal to the initiation fees and monthly dues. In addition, under federal law you have the right to object to providing financial support to union activities not germane to collective bargaining, in which case you will be required to pay a representation fee equal to initiation fees and dues reduced proportional to the percentage of the union's total expenditures that are not germane to collective bargaining. Based upon the most recent accounting, the representation fee is just about 61.54% of Union dues, meaning that for the average worker the difference between monthly union dues and the monthly representation fee is just about $4.00 a week. However, by choosing this option you forgo the benefits of Union Membership.

If you submit an objection, you will be provided with information reflecting the bases on which the representation fee was calculated and the procedure for challenging these calculations before a neutral arbitrator. If you choose not to be a member of 1199, and thus to limit your obligation to the payment of fees equal to the initiation fee and monthly dues, or if you wish to object to providing financial support to union activities not germane to collective bargaining, and thus to limit your obligation to the payment of a representation fee as described above, you must inform the Union in writing by sending notice of your decision to the Secretary-Treasurer, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, 310 West 43rd Street, New York, New York 10036. Please include your name, address, social security number, name of employer and work location. If you object to providing financial support to union activities not germane to collective bargaining, make sure that the notice you send to the Secretary-Treasurer includes the word "object," and that you mail your notice no later than 30 days from the date you received this Notice.

Union Dues Check Off Authorization

You are hereby authorized and directed to deduct an initiation fee from my wages or salary as required by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East as a condition of my membership; and in addition thereto, to deduct my membership dues from my wages or salary; and in addition thereto, to deduct each month an amount equal to monthly membership dues to be applied to past unpaid dues until the entire amount of unpaid past dues has been deducted and paid; and to remit all such deductions to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, 310 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, no later than the tenth day of each month immediately following the date of deduction, or pursuant to the date provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This deduction is a voluntary act on my part and shall be irrevocable for a period of one (1) year or until the termination date of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, whichever is sooner, and shall, however, renew itself from year to year unless I give written notice of the revocation of this authorization addressed to the 1199SEIU Dues and Membership Department at 310 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

Building our political power is impossible without your contributions to our Political Action Fund.

Ten dollars a month seems very small when you compare it to thousands of dollars in higher wages and first class benefits that we are able to win in our contract with the help of our Political Action Fund. That's why it's important to sign up today ─ so our Union has the resources necessary to make our voice heard at the bargaining table, at City Hall, the State Capitol and in Washington.

If you're not interested in contributing to Political Action, you can close this window, and your application will be completed.

I hereby authorize 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Mass Political Action to file this payroll deduction form on my behalf with my employer to withhold the below-selected amount per month and forward that amount to the 1199SEIU Mass Political Action Fund, 310 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

This authorization is made voluntarily based on my specific understanding that:

  1. The signing of this authorization form and the making of these voluntary contributions are not conditions of my employment by my Employer or membership in any Union;
  2. I may refuse to contribute without any reprisal;
  3. The $5.00 monthly contribution is only a suggestion, and I may contribute more or less without fear of favor or disadvantage from 1199SEIU or my Employer; and
  4. The 1199SEIU Mass Political Action Fund uses the money it receives for political purposes, including but not limited to, making contributions to and expenditures on behalf of candidates for federal, state and local offices and addressing issues of public importance.
  5. Contributions to the 1199SEIU Mass Political Action Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.
  6. This authorization shall remain in full force and effect until revoked by me in writing to the 1199SEIU Mass Political Action Department at 330 West 42nd Street - 7th Floor, New York, NY 10036.