Recently, I was having a discussion about our union with some other members. The issue of the Rand Formula came up, as some of them had just attended a Basic Steward course and that was one of the topics. I mentioned how our union was fairly successful in having all eligible employees become members, and then said "In one sense, the purely financial one, it doesn't matter as everyone still pays dues." The discussion then turned to whether my statement was completely true, as I recalled from the dim recesses of my memory something about whether a non-member has to pay the same, complete dues that members do. I have a recollection that non-members only pay a portion of the complete dues, one that covers the cost of administring the Collective Agreement, grievances etc. but does not include such things as donations to charities, polictical parties, social events etc. This is why it is called the Rand Formula, as an actual formula exists of what items get put into the dues that non-members pay. I have attempted to find out why I got this notion, but have been unsuccessful. Am I crazy? Please help.
Sun, 2009-04-19 18:00#1