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Member vs. fee payer: What's the difference

The status of an employee in professional bargaining unit 214 is either a "fee payer," a "member" or an "associate member." Here's a comparison of the three:


Fee payer

Fee payer is the default status. Fee payers are not members, but pay what Minnesota Statute 179A, Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA) calls a "fair share fee," which is $17.85 per pay period, for representation. “Fee payers are entitled to all the rights of representation but do not enjoy the privileges of membership. Fee payers may not vote, make motions, sign petitions, debate, or seek or hold any elective or appointive position.” (MAPE Bylaws Article III, Section 3)

Fee payer benefits:

  • Representation:
    • Labor agreement (contract) negotiated pay and benefits (including medical/dental insurance)
    • Access to, and assistance from, stewards and business agents
  • Defined benefit pension for state employees
  • Local business meetings:
    • Attend
    • Eat
    • Listen
  • Freedom from making voting decisions on the contract, as fee payers accept the governor's first offer
  • Participation in political activities, such as rallies and MAPE Day on the Hill
  • Strike pay

Member

Members have chosen to join MAPE and pay dues of $21 per pay period, an additional $3.15 above the mandatory fee paid by fee payers.

Member benefits:

  • Representation:
    • Labor agreement (contract) negotiated pay and benefits (including medical/dental insurance)
    • Access to, and assistance from, stewards and business agents
  • Defined benefit pension for state employees
  • Local business meetings:
    • Attend
    • Eat
    • Speak/debate
    • Vote
  • Vote on contract and memoranda of understanding
  • Vote on leaders
  • Serve in leadership positions of officer, steward, trustee, delegate, committee member
  • As there is strength in numbers, every member strengthens MAPE's:
    • Negotiations Committee during contract negotiations
    • Stewards and business agents during contract administration, including grievances
    • Facility and statewide agency labor/management meet and confer committees
  • Address the Board of Directors
  • Submit resolutions (motions) to the Board of Directors and the Delegate Assembly
  • Access information on the member-only portion of the MAPE website
  • Serve as volunteer at the Delegate Assembly
  • Participation in political activities, such as rallies and MAPE Day on the Hill
  • Hardship grants and loans during a strike or state shutdown
  • Strike pay
  • Good and welfare (local option: acknowledgement of significant life events)
  • Merchant discounts
  • Request funds/support from local for favorite charity (local option)

Associate member

Associate members are former MAPE members who have left government service and, therefore, are not eligible for membership in MAPE or any other public sector bargaining unit. No dues are charged associate members.

Associate member benefits:

  • Local business meetings:
    • Attend
    • Eat
    • Speak
  • Access information on the member-only portion of the MAPE website
  • Serve as non-voting associate member of statewide and local committees
  • Serve as volunteer at the Delegate Assembly
  • Participation in political activities, such as rallies and MAPE Day on the Hill
  • Merchant discounts
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