IBEW Local 45
6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 350
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Phone: 323.851.5515
Fax: 323.466.1793

Union Dues: Complete Facts

What are Union Dues?

Union dues are those funds provided by union members to financially support the goals of their organization. In the IBEW, union dues are divided into two parts: The international portion of dues goes to support the representational, research, legal, administrative, and legislative goals of the organization's members on a national level. The local union portion of dues goes to support the goals of the local union's members at the local union level and includes expenses such as handling grieviences, arbitrations, contract negotiation, organizing activities, rents, etc.



The Delegates of the 40th IBEW International Convention, which was conducted in Chicago, Illinois during the week of May 9 – 13, 2022 approved amendments to Article IX of the IBEW Constitution. 

Accordingly, effective January 1, 2023, there will be a per capita increase of two ($2.00) for all members, and the following rates will apply to all monthly dues payments covering January 2023 and thereafter:

                                                            “BA” Members                  “A” Members                    “FP” – fee payers

BASE DUES:                                      $23.00                                 $44.00                                 $23.00

WORKING DUES: (No Increase)   Working dues will remain at 1.25% of monthly gross earnings or required $20.00 minimum.

 The Base Dues listed above include both the Local Union (L.U.) ($1.00) and International Office (I.O) ($22.00) portions.  For “A” Members (Pension) the LU portion is $1.00 and the IO portion is $43.00 totaling $44.00.

 Please note that the Local Union (LU) portions of your union dues will not increase and will remain as follows:

BASE DUES: $1.00              WORKING DUES: 1.25%

 * "A" members participate in a voluntary pension plan and death benefit insurance plan.

Local Union dues are determined by the local union membership.

How is the amount of union dues determined?

The members determine the amount of union dues paid to their Local and International union by a democratic majority vote. Members must decide what amount of dues will be necessary to provide economic resources to achieve their goals.

What are the initiation fees?

An initiation fee is a charge to new members of a local union. In the IBEW, the initiation fee is purposely kept low (we want to invite new members in, not keep them out economically).

Do unions collect dues for profit?

No. Unions are non-profit organizations under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. The dues they collect from the members are for the specific purpose of benefitting the goals of the membership.

Does the union have any rules on use of union funds?

Yes, very stringent rules. Any expenditure of local union funds must be approved by the membership. At each meeting, a financial report is presented to a local union's members for approval by the membership. No local union can expend funds without prior approval of the members. Each Local Union is also required to provide a quarterly audit of its funds to the members. Also, Unions are governed by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. This federal law provides very strict federal penalties, (including prison) for anyone misappropriating union funds. Unions must file annual reports with the U.S. Department of Labor outlining expenditures and income for the union. Unions are subject to audit by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, at any time.

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