Employees who work within the charter of a Local Union can apply for membership in the Local Union by filing an application for membership card and become a Member in Good Standing.

What does it mean to be a Member in Good Standing?

Any employee who works in a CUPE bargaining unit can become a Member in Good Standing by applying for membership. Only a Member in Good Standing can fully participate in the activities of the Local and National Union. This means only a Member in Good Standing can attend and vote at General Membership Meetings, run for any elected Union positions, vote in those elections, and participate as a delegate of the Local Union.

Any employee who is not a Member in Good Standing remains a Rand Formula payee.

What does it mean to be a Rand Formula payee?

The Rand Formula establishes the legality of automatic dues from all those covered by a collective agreement. This prevents “free-riders” or workers who would benefit from the activities of the union but do not want to pay dues.

These employees pay dues as outlined in the local union bylaws and deducted by the employer through a collective bargaining agreement.

A Rand Formula payee is an employee in a bargaining unit who pays union dues according to the applicable collective agreement and Local Union bylaws but who has not gone through the process of becoming a Member in Good Standing of the union.

Note: Rand Formula payees have the right to be represented by the Local Union for violations of the collective agreement in accordance with the duty of fair representation legislation.

If you would like to become a Member in Good Standing fill out this form!