FAQS ON MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

What are the two forms available to complete?

How much are our dues?

  • $26.00 per month. It is important to recognize what makes TWU different from other unions is that under our Constitution, 70% of dues are then turned back over to your local to meet their expenses.  

When did dues collection begin?

  • The Company began withdrawing the $26.00 membership dues beginning on the October 15, 2021 paycheck, and on the mid-month paycheck of each month going forward.

Do I have to pay anything if I choose to become a non-member?

  • Yes, non-members pay what is called a Service Charge or Agency Fee. All Flight Attendants must comply with Article 24 of the CBA.

What is the difference between being a member and non-member?

  • In addition to being fully covered and protected by the contract, members enjoy all the benefits and privileges of membership including the ability to be able to attend Union meetings, nominate officers, run for office, hold office, and vote for officers, contracts, and such other Union business as comes before membership, including during local union meetings.  Also, there are other benefits of being a member of TWU like eligibility to participate in the “Union Privilege Program,” which can be found at www.unionplus.org and eligibility to participate in the TWU-wide drawing for Michael Quill scholarships for children of members, just to name two.
  • Non-members receive the full protection of the contract. However, they are not able to attend Union meetings, nominate officers, run for office, hold office, or vote for officers, vote on contracts, or participate in other business of the Union.

If I choose not to join the Union, what is the Service Charge/Agency Fee for a Non-Member and how much will it be?

  • This Service Charge or Agency Fee is the amount of money that non-members who object to paying full union dues are required to pay for the legally “chargeable” expenses of the Union, such as collective bargaining costs. It is often referred to as paying your “fair share” for the benefits and services received from the Union, or — as in the Checkoff Authorization Card — as the “service charge” due to the Union. Based on the most recent audit of TWU in 2022, the Agency Fee/Service Charge for FSI Flight Attendants would be 80% of the dues amount, or $20.80 per month. The auditor’s report can be found at: https://twu.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/2022w-auditor-report.pdf. The TWU Agency Fee Policy, which sets forth in detail all procedures relevant to becoming an Objector/Fee Payer, can be viewed at: https://twu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/agencyfee_policy.pdf. Until further notice, send the notification pursuant to paragraph 3 of the TWU Agency Fee Policy to the following address: Transport Workers Union of America, 300 State Street, Box 93060, Southlake, TX 76092-9998.
  • Even if you go this route, you must still authorize your dues deduction, by either completing your Dues Check-off form or by timely remitting payment manually to TWU each month, as discussed below.

What alternative do I have to completing the Dues Check-Off form? 

  • For both members and non-members, the Dues Check-Off form is the most convenient way to have the required dues or Service Charge/Agency Fee automatically deducted from your paycheck, and to avoid falling behind on your payments. However, you may elect to remit your timely payment manually by mailing a check or money order to TWU each month. Your check must be made out to “TWU Local 578,” and include your name, employee number, and a reference to FSI. Until further notice, the mailing address for such payments is:
    •  Transport Workers Union of America, 300 State Street, Box 93060, Southlake, TX 76092-9998.
    • Your payment must be received by the 15th of each month. You remain responsible for complying with the TWU Constitution and Article 22 of the CBA.
  • If you elect to remit your timely payment manually, please email TWU International Vice President Thom McDaniel at tmcdaniel@twu.org for further information on how to ensure you still complete your membership application and enjoy the full benefits of Union membership!

What if I do nothing?

  • Remember: failure to submit a Dues Check-Off form will NOT relieve you of your obligation to make the required dues or Service Charge/Agency Fee payments. Failure to make required timely  payments could lead to termination as Article 24 of the CBA provides.

If I don’t sign up for Dues Check-Off, or submit a timely manual payment, will I still owe dues/service charges?

  • Yes. Failure to submit a check-off form will NOT relieve you of your obligation to make the required dues or service charge payments. If dues are not remitted when Check-Off begins, you will be in arrears until you satisfy the amount you owe. 

If I am on or going to be on a leave absence that qualifies for a dues exoneration, what should I do?

  • If you are on or planning to go on a leave of absence that you think may qualify for a dues exoneration under the TWU Constitution, please email TWU International Vice President Thom McDaniel at tmcdaniel@twu.org for further information on your available options.

If I don’t sign up, will FSI subtract dues from my check anyway?

  • No. Under the CBA, we must submit a form signed by each Flight Attendant before FSI will deduct dues from your paycheck. However, you will be considered in arrears if your fees are not submitted on a timely basis. Review Article 24 in the CBA for additional language regarding non-payment.