If IAM wins the right to represent you, you will be asked to pay dues and in certain states under a union security provision you could be forced to pay dues as a condition of employment.
IAM’s stated dues are $88.79 a month. Dues, in some cases, could be taken out of your paycheck automatically and given to the union.
Regardless of how you vote, if the union wins the right to represent MFLCs, then all counselors would have to comply with the contract and the rules negotiated by the union – regardless of whether you agree with them.
The union may also cost you if it forces employees to strike during negotiations or after. Employees are not paid by Magellan, may not use PTO during a strike and the union is not required to provide strike pay. Also, if a strike is called for economic reasons, such as wages, there is no guarantee that you would automatically return to work when the strike ends. During an economic strike, the most common kind, an employer may permanently replace employees who strike.