To: Employees represented by the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges who are NOT members of the union and are subject to a union security clause and, therefore, must pay dues or fair share fees to the 4C’s as a condition of employment.
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that federal law does not permit a labor union to use union funds collected from non members pursuant to a union security clause on union activities unrelated to representational activity, if the nonmember objects.
Representational activity includes all matters germane to collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment. Nonrepresentational activity includes certain types of legislative lobbying, litigation, public relations, and communications.
Employees who have not joined the union are urged to consider the benefits of full union membership. Employees who choose not to join the union may continue to support the union by not objecting to paying an agency fee equal to the dues that union members pay.
For the year ending June 30, 2011, 88.38% of the union’s expenses were for representational functions. Nonmembers have the right to object to paying the portion of the agency service fee which finances nonrepresentational union activities. Nonmembers who file an objection are classified as objecting nonmembers. Objecting nonmembers who file timely objections will be refunded 11.61% of the agency service fee. In addition, objecting nonmembers have the right to challenge the union’s calculation of the fair share fee.
Objections must be filed annually. To file an objection for the year ended June 30, 2011, send a letter of objection to: Tony Scott, Comptroller, Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, 907 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06411. Objecting nonmembers should include their name, address, college, and social security number. Objections must be filed by July 31, 2012.
Challenges must be filed by July 31, 2012