Why do I have to pay union dues?

As part of your employment, dues are deducted from your pay. This money funds CUPE 951 and allows the local to operate. Union officers and members advocate on behalf of our members, negotiate contracts, ensure a safe workplace, and contribute to campaigns regionally, provincially and nationally. A portion of your dues also goes toward the Defence fund which is used to cover the costs of arbitration, member hardship, and top up the strike pay provided by CUPE BC and CUPE National.