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We have two types of dues increases coming up in December. One is tied to the 2% Hawaiian Telcom general wage increase which takes effect December 27, 2015, and therefore affects HT employees only. The other is a result of action taken by Delegates to the 2011 IBEW International Convention to increase the monthly per capita tax the IBEW assesses each member if the International Office's goal of 1% annual membership increase was not met by December 2015.
Dues tied to 2% HT general wage increase:
Union dues are based on members' straight-time hourly rate of pay (Article IX of Local Union 1357 Bylaws). Whenever a member's hourly rate of pay increases, his/her dues assessment increases accordingly. The 2% HT general wage increase takes effect December 27, 2015. Dues adjustments become effective on the first pay period following the adjustment (increase/decrease). However, because dues are payable in advance, such adjustments must be collected in December for January coverage. HT employees will see such dues adjustment in their December payroll from which dues are deducted.
Dues tied to Per Capita Tax increase
Effective January 1, 2016, there will be an increase of one dollar ($1.00) per month in the per capita tax portion of all members' monthly dues. Dues are payable in advance; therefore, all members will see such dues adjustment in their December payrolls from which dues are deducted.
Recently, we were notified by Steve Gomes of Chinen and Arinaga Financial Group that a retiree received a call from Nielsen Scarborough Research. This firm is in no way affiliated with Scarborough Alliance. The person was very persistent in doing a survey, asking personal questions. Please be cautious when giving away any personal information.