The Society is holding a referendum on amending our constitution to add an alternative dues structure that any local could seek to adopt through a referendum. In this referendum, members will be asked to vote on whether they support or oppose this amendment.
The proposed amendment was recommended to members by Society Council at its November 2018 meeting.
Here is a comparison of the current language to the proposed language in Article 21.2:
For Locals who join the Society after April 1, 2017, the Society represented employee dues for this Local will be 1% of each individual base weekly salary, up to maximum of the effective dues rate for all other Society represented employees as per Article 21.1
Note: Red text indicates added language, strike-through text indicates removal
For Locals who join the Society after April 1, 2017, the Society represented employee dues at that Local will be 1% of each individual employee’s base weekly Salary, up to a maximum of the effective dues rate for all other Society represented employees as per article 21.1. . Any local who joined the Society before this date can move to this formula if that local gets the agreement of the Society Executive Board and then passes a referendum of their membership agreeing to move to the 1% formula, rather than use the formula in article 21.1.
While the amendment is confined to Article 21.2 of the Society’s constitution, there are multiple components to the amendment. They are listed below and explained through the rest of this Frequently Asked Questions page:
- Removing the cap on dues paid under the percentage based model; and
- Opening up the option for any local that existed before April 1, 2017 to opt-in to the percentage based dues model contingent on the following:
- Agreement of the Society’s Executive Board
- A successful referendum of the local’s membership