Public Association of Government Employees

Why should I be a dues paying member?

Good question!

There are several reasons to become a dues paying member of PAGE.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE UNION IS CRITICAL TO KEEPING WAGES AND BENEFIT LEVELS COMPETITIVE

 The first and most important reason for us to band together as dues-paying members is because you must have a viable union to protect your wages and benefits.

The way that Nebraska labor law works, the only protection we have against the City of Lincoln unilaterally cutting our wages or benefits, is our ability to take the City to the CIR if they try to take advantage of us. If politicians decide to cut our wages or change our pension in order to pay for their other goals, or respond to a special interest group, or for some other reason, we have to have the financial wherewithal to take the City to court to stop it. If we can’t take the City to the CIR to protect you from these cuts – the City will be able to do whatever they want to us, and to you.

PAGE dues go into a “war chest” that provide a ready resource so that we can bring legal action to stop politicians from cutting your wages or benefits. We have had to do this several times in the last few years, and we have to be ready at every point to do it again. If everyone pitches in, we all can rally together to stop this from happening. 

DUES PAYING MEMBERS GET THE BENEFIT OF LEGAL SUPPORT FOR DISCIPLINARY DEFENSE AND APPROVED GRIEVANCES

Secondly, dues also provide the ability for the Union to provide dues paying members with legal representation from experienced labor lawyers in the event that you are investigated, or the Union agrees that you were wrongfully disciplined, or if you have grievances that theUnionfinds to be legitimate concerns with the City’s actions against you.

If you are a dues paying member, you have access to this legal representation, and theUnionpays for the lawyers to help you. If you are non-dues paying member, we can only afford to provide you with representation from our Union stewards.

DUES PAYING MEMBERS HAVE A VOICE IN THE UNION

 Finally, and perhaps most importantly, dues paying members are full voting members in the Union, and therefore have standing to vote and voice their opinions to help govern the Union’s business, including voting on contracts, participating in collective bargaining negotiations, picking the Union leadership, and other important input. Non-dues paying members do not have this right. If you want a say in your future, then, being a dues-paying member is the first and most important step.