If you are a federal employee, you can choose to join or not to join a union. It’s your choice.
If you decide to join, you pay dues. To make it convenient, your dues are deducted from your paycheck, so you don’t have to remember the due date or to write a check every month – just like you do with your health insurance or charitable donations. So what’s the problem exactly?
Well, the Trump administration is trying to take away your freedom to join a union and make your own decision about what to do with your paycheck. There are moves underway to eliminate dues on the federal level, taking away your right to have your dues deducted from your paycheck.
By making this change, they want to trick union members into dropping their membership by stopping their automatic dues payment. They don’t think you’re smart enough to choose whether to become a union member.
But what they’re really trying to do is make it hard for union members to advocate for a better life for themselves and their families. Their ultimate goal is to strip your basic workplace right to come together with your coworkers to have a real voice at work.
Take back the power to control your own money
There’s a way to take back the power to decide what you want to do with your paycheck and protect your workplace rights. AFGE has created a dues collection system in which you control your own resources instead of leaving them in the hands of anti-union lawmakers and agency heads who are looking for new ways to deny your rights to join with your coworkers.
The system is built and operated by your union – AFGE. With the threat of losing automatic dues deduction the highest it’s ever been, the time to join AFGE E-Dues is now.
Join AFGE E-Dues in 3 Easy Steps
- Go to www.joinafge.org.
- Select your agency and local number.
- Fill out the one-page membership form and click “Join”. The whole process takes no more than 5 minutes.
Existing members and new members can access this form on any device – phone, tablet, computer – and sign up using a credit card, debit card, or bank draft.
Synchronization with MyLocal means you can access your membership data just like you always have – no need to learn a new system.
Has Your Local Gone Live on AFGE E-Dues?
AFGE’s National Executive Board has asked all locals to go live on E-Dues by Sept. 1. If you want to switch to E-Dues, but your local isn’t already live, let them know you want to join E-Dues. Here’s how your local can get started.
How a Local Can Migrate to E-Dues in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Email [email protected] asking to Go Live on E-Dues. Submit your local’s dues structure to the E-Dues team. We’ll have you local live on the system within 1-2 business days.
Step 2: Sign up for an online E-Dues Leadership Training class here .
Step 3: Begin enrolling new members using the local’s customized recruitment form at www.joinafge.org .
Step 4: Ask current members to switch to E-Dues by completing the membership form for their local at www.joinafge.org.
Step 5: Remind current members to complete an 1188 form to cancel their payroll dues deduction.
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