Membership is the only thing that makes a union a Union!
By law, the City of Portland Professional Workers Union must represent and advocate all persons in our bargaining unit. However, only members in good standing receive all the benefits of the union. To become a member in good standing you must complete the form confirming your membership in the union.
Membership rights and duties include:
- Contributing dues at an amount agreed upon by the membership.
- Having a voice through participation in union decision making, voting on the contract and officers.
- Representing the union as an officer, steward, serving on committees.
Most importantly, membership matters. The more people who become members, the stronger our union is and the more likely we will be to win a powerful contract with fair wages, working conditions, and strong protections for all of us.
Didn’t I Already Sign A Card?
Many of us signed cards before our May election. Those were the petition to have an election to establish the CPPW as your union, which we of course, won overwhelmingly. Those petition cards do not count as a membership card, so we are back to starting from the beginning and signing you all up as members.
Note that signing the cards will obligate one to pay dues once those are established. By becoming a member you will have input on the decision on how much those dues will be. (Currently there are no dues.)