What is a "Member in Good Standing?" FAQ
Important information that you should know!
After successfully signing onto your Member Account, please go to the "My Member Contributions Status" link located on the left-hand side panel to review your current Union Member Contributions status. Currently, there are two types of union Member Contributions: Working Member Contributions & Basic Member Contributions
Working Member Contributions
Working Member Contributions is calculated based on the amount of hours earned and is collected by the Employer on a monthly basis. The recording of working Member Contributions in each individual member account is lagged by a month due to the current monthly payroll entry system in place.
Basic Member Contributions
Each member not paying working Member Contributions shall pay Basic Member Contributions in the amount of $25.00 on a monthly basis to maintain membership in good standing. Basic Member Contributions are applied to the month(s) that are currently outstanding. Basic Member Contributions are recorded as "OTC Payment Application" in each individual member account.
Basic Member Contributions payments are accepted by cash or cheque or via online banking. If making payment by cheque, please make cheque payable to the "Canadian Union of Skilled Workers" or "CUSW". Cheques can be mailed to the below address:
10 Carlson Court
Members are granted exemption from Basic Member Contributions if they fall in any of the following categories:
1. Maternity leave;
2. Sick leave (greater than 30 days);
3. LTD leave or;
4. Retired members
Basic Member Contributions exemption will ONLY be applied to members that have notified the union. Notifications can be sent via e-mail to [email protected]
Yes, apprentices are required to pay Basic dues of $25/month for your basic Member Contributions while you are in trade school.
CUSW members dispatched to work under a collective agreement other than CUSW's are required to pay $25.00 per month during the duration of the job assignment. Please refer to #9 of the Out of Work Rules.
Members, who do not pay Basic Member Contributions for over 6 months while they are off work or are working under a collective agreement other than CUSW, are automatically placed on Withdrawal status, removed from the Out of Work List, lose their Employee Commencement Date and other privileges to belonging with the union.
In practice, a Member Contributions arrears notification letter is sent to each member who is 5 months in arrears. This gives members the opportunity to send in their Basic Member Contributions payment in time, before they are placed on Withdrawal.
Once on withdrawal, CUSW does not require a member to back pay on his/her outstanding month's Member Contributions. Members placed on Withdrawal can easily return to Active status with the Union by paying $25.00 Re-instatement fee. The member's Employee Commencement Date on the Out of Work List and Member Contributions Base Date is re-set to the date the payment is received.