International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 30


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Sections 8(a)(3) and 8(b)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act permit unions to enter
into collective bargaining agreements with employers that require employees, as a
condition of employment, either to join the union (and thereby enjoy the full rights and
benefits of membership) or to pay fees to the union (and thereby satisfy a financial
obligation to the union without enjoying the fall rights and benefits of membership). This
requirement serves the legitimate purpose of ensuring that every employee who benefits
from union representation is obligated to pay his or her fair share of the cost of that

When a collective bargaining agreement requires that an employee either join or pay fees
to the union, the fees charged to nonmembers are generally identical to the amount of
union dues and initiation fees charged to union members. In a 1988 court case,
Communications Workers ofAmerica v. Beck, the United States Supreme Court held that
a nonmember has the right to object to paying any portion of the fee which will be
expended on activities unrelated to collective bargaining, contract administration, or
grievance adjustment. All nonmember fee payers are required to pay the portion of the
fee which will support expenditures germane to the collective bargaining process,
including, but not limited to negotiations, contract administration, grievance adjustment,
meetings with employer and union representatives, and internal union administration and
litigation related to the above activities. Nonmember fee payers who object to doing so
have the right not to pay the portion of the fee which will be expended on other, “nonchargeable” activities, including expenditures, if any, made for political purposes, for
general community services, or for members-only benefits. In order to reduce the fee they
pay to the union, objectors must follow the procedure described below.

The so-called Beck rights described above apply only to nonmembers--individuals who
have resigned from the union or who have never joined. Under federal labor law, every
person has the right to join and support a labor union, to refuse to join a labor union, and
to resign from union membership at any time. However, only union members have the
following valuable rights, among others: the right to attend local union meetings and
speak out at such meetings on any and all issues affecting Local 30, the International
Union of Operating Engineers (“IUOE”), and its members; the right to participate in the
formulation of union policy; the right to influence the nature of the Local’s activities and
the direction of its future; the right to nominate and vote for candidates for Local office
and to run for office; the right to participate in the negotiation process for new or
successor collective bargaining agreements; the right to participate in contract ratification
votes and strike votes; and the right to nominate and vote for delegates to IUOE.

Objection Procedure
1) A nonmember who pays fees to the union pursuant to a union security provision in a
collective bargaining agreement has the right to object to any portion of the fee which
will be expended on activities unrelated to collective bargaining, contract administration,
or grievance adjustment.
2) The objection must be in the form of a letter, signed by the objector, and sent to the
Local’s Business Manager at: 16-16 Whitestone Expressway | Whitestone, New York 11357. The objection must contain the objector’s name and address, and must identify the
collective bargaining agreement(s) under which the objector works.
3) The objection must be postmarked during the month of April, or within 30 days of the
objector’s becoming a nonmember of the union, or the objector first being required to pay
fees to the union.
4) The Local will determine the amount of the reduced fee and the amount, if any, of
pre-paid fees to be refunded to the objector. The reduction will be accompanied by an
explanation of how the reduction amount was determined. Any objector who disagrees
with the reduction amount can file an appeal within thirty (30) days thereafter. The
appeal must be in writing and state the basis for the challenge. Appeals will be decided
by an impartial arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association through its
Rules for Impartial Determination of Union Fees.
5) A portion of the objector’s fee equal to the amount which is challenged will be held in
interest-bearing escrow while the objector pursues that challenge. Details on the method
of making such a challenge and the rights accorded to those who do so will be provided
to challengers along with the explanation of the fee calculations.