Massachusetts Nurses Association Dues
Massachusetts Nurses Association union dues are expensive. The MNA collects over $18.5 million a year in dues. To ensure that this money keeps coming in, the MNA has bargained a "union security clause" into many of its contracts with hospitals. This clause requires nurses in a bargaining unit represented by the MNA to join the MNA and pay union dues or pay an "agency fee" as a non-MNA member as a term and condition of employment.
Beginning July 1, 2013, MNA dues will range from $66.14/month to $82.90/month — as much as $994.80/year — depending on your hourly wage rate. You can see how your current union dues would be here.
In other words, nurses must pay the MNA or the MNA can require the hospital to fire them. You can learn more about union security clauses here. The MNA contracts with Brockton Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jordan Hospital, and Morton Hospital all contain union security clauses requiring nurses to pay the agency fee or union dues as a condition of continued employment.
Here are some facts about MNA dues according to the MNA's bylaws:
FACT: Dues are set annually, so they can go up. Last year, the maximum rate increased 2.3%. Next year it is increasing 3.9%. The dues rate is set at the annual MNA business meeting by a majority vote of the Voting Body. The Voting Body is the MNA Board of Directors, MNA members, and a designated representative of the organizational affiliates who have registered as in attendance at the meeting. Article II, Section 5.a and Article XIV, Sections 4 and 6.
FACT: The MNA can assess nurses more fees beyond the dues without seeking the nurses' approval. Article XI, Section 5.
FACT: The MNA stands to collect nearly $1 million per year from South Shore Hospital nurses. That's a lot of money for the MNA.
Massachusetts Nurses Association Union Security Clauses
The Massachusetts Nurses Association charges you for giving up your right to represent yourself at work. In many of its contracts, the MNA has bargained what's called a "union security clause." This clause requires nurses in a bargaining unit represented by the MNA to join the MNA and pay union dues or an "agency fee" as a condition of employment.
The MNA contracts with Brockton Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jordan Hospital, and Morton Hospital all contain union security clauses requiring nurses to pay the agency fee or union dues as a condition of employment.
There are two differences between the MNA dues and the MNA agency fee: (1) if you pay the agency fee, you are not a member of the MNA and therefore can't attend union meetings, can't vote on the contract, and can't vote in union elections; and (2) in exchange for giving up these rights to have some voice in your representation at work, you get a five percent discount on what you have to pay the union - the MNA agency fee is 95% of the membership dues. View the MNA's union security clause in its contract with Morton Hospital.