Like any other fraternal or social organization it does cost you to belong to a union. There is an initiation fee as well as monthly fees associated with union membership. Costs are relative to the operation of any organization. Cost is a very valid concern in today’s economic conditions. We all work hard for our money and we should spend it wisely and for a particular benefit to us. With Local 37 you get a direct return on your initiation fee and dues investment because they go directly into providing services to both you and your family such as higher wage rates, better health care coverage, and a defined benefit pension plan.
Every cent of your money is strictly accounted for through yearly audits. Federal regulations require all unions to file annual financial reports with the Department of Labor. So you always know how your money is being spent. These reports are a matter of public records accessible through the DOL website.