Membership & Dues

Membership

There are two types of membership in the I.B.E.W. (Local 40), "A" and "BA"

“A” Membership:

  • Pay dues to the International Office and the Local Union
  • Entitled “retired” member benefits from the Pension Benefit Fund, including upon the member’s death – a death benefit shall be payable in accordance with the IBEW Constitution, Article XI (Pension Benefit Fund)
  • All members who work for contractors in the construction branch of the electrical industry – both inside and outside, members who work for contractors who perform maintenance work, and International Officers or Representatives of the I.B.E.W. must maintain "A" membership. All other admitted members to the I.B.E.W. are "BA" members.

 

“BA” Membership:

  • Pay dues to the International Office and the Local Union
  • Do Not receive benefits from the International Office, only from the local union and/or their employer based on the CBA they work under.

 

Traveling

Members who wish to travel into other jurisdictions to work can change their membership to an "A" membership by designating a beneficiary (Contact the hall to update, or complete your beneficiary form) for their death benefit and pension.

 A member who desires to change from “BA” to “A” has the option of completing the necessary form and is required to pay $2 for the Pension Benefit Fund admission fee. (The member should contact the Local and request an application form.)

When applicable, the member shall pay any difference between the “BA” and “A” admission fees provided in the bylaws of the local union. The member must pay the “A” dues for the month in which the transfer is effective.

For example, if transferring to “A” membership occurs in June, the member must pay “A” dues for that month. The transfer will not occur until the first month of per capita is paid.

Once approved and all money is in order, the financial secretary shall assign an “A” card number.

 

“A” and “BA” members may transfer from one type of membership to another in accordance with the bylaws of Local 40, but must retain such changed membership for not less than 12 consecutive months, except when change is required because of transferring to a different type of trade classification.

 

Any “A” member eligible for “BA” membership who wants to change from “A” to “BA” should be fully informed of the loss of death and pension benefits that will result from this change. If the member still desires to change, they must complete Form 134, Application for Transfer of Membership from “A” to “BA” and begin paying dues as a “BA” member.

The financial secretary of the Local 40 shall assign a “BA” card number to replace the old “A” card number and note the change on the member’s “BA” dues receipt.

Travel Card

The purpose of a "travel card" is to allow a member, particularly in the construction branch, to transfer membership from one local union to another. A paid-up dues receipt and clear identification may be accepted as a "working card" in most other jurisdictions when one is seeking work, unless the other Local requires you to actually transfer into their Local by means of a travel card. In any case, an IBEW member seeking work in another Local's jurisdiction must report to the Business Manager of that Local.

 

A member must not work in the jurisdiction of another Local unless:

1) a travel card has been accepted

2) a working card (official paid-up dues receipt from the home Local's office) has been issued by the home Local and is on the member's person

3) permission of the First District VP has been obtained

4) it is a case in which Locals, by agreement or understanding, allow their members to work in each other's jurisdiction.

 

Regardless of traveling into Local 40's jurisdiction or out of it, you will need an official “travel letter” from your home local addressed to the Local you are visiting into dated within 90 days of traveling into the Local and DUES MUST BE CURRENT.

 

Delinquency & Dropped Status

When a member is more than three months in arrears, the IBEW will suspend that member. (Any member in arrears for three months, but less than six months, may apply for reinstatement.) A member who is six months behind on dues may be dropped from the membership. If you are employed while in dropped status, or begin employment while in dropped status, you are in violation of the agreement. A letter may be issued to your employer stating your situation, and you may be suspended from work, until you are able to get current with your dues. If you foresee an issue being able to pay your dues, please contact the hall, as we work diligently to assist the members.

 

Withdrawal

Members interested in how to apply for a withdrawal, please contact the Local Union office. 

 

Dues

Monthly dues from members make it possible for the Local to operate. The Local's scope of operation and its effectiveness are dependent on and limited to its available funds.

The monthly dues payment is divided into two parts: the Local's portion, which is retained by Local 40, and the International per capita, which is set by and remitted to the International Secretary-Treasurer of the IBEW. (Currently, “BA” membership International per capita is set at $20 per month and will increase to $20 per month in January 2020. “A” membership requires an additional $19 per month – totaling $39 per month – effective January 2020) (Article IX of the IBEW Constitution). If you are laid-off, to maintain your membership in the IBEW, you are required to pay the International per capita portion of your dues to the Local, which remits that amount to the International Secretary-Treasurer of the IBEW. In addition to your International per capita, you have non-working dues with the local.

 

***Members are responsible for payment of their dues. The actual amount for your dues will vary depending on your membership type, hourly rate, and the number of days worked per month (within a quarter).***

For example, if you worked 6 or more days in a month, your dues would be calculated at the “full working dues” rate of 2% of straight time wages (+ I.O. per capita). However, if you worked 5 days or less in a month, your working dues would be calculated at the “partial working dues” rate of .575% of straight time wages (+ I.O. per capita). Lastly, if you did not work at all in the month, your working dues would be calculated at the “non-working dues” rate of .25% of straight time wages (+ I.O. per capita).

Full Working Dues:

  • 6 or more days worked in a month
  • calculated at the 2% straight time wage rate
  • + I.O. per capita

 

Partial Dues:

  • 5 days or less worked in a month
  • calculated at the .575% straight time wage rate
  • +I.O. per capita

 

Non-Working Dues:

  • no days worked at all in a month
  • calculated at the .25% straight time wage rate
  • + I.O. per capita

 

***Member Dues are to be paid on or before the 15th of the first month of the following quarter, for work done the previous quarter. If Dues are paid or received after the deadlines, a Late Fee will be assessed accordingly (See Late Fees section below for more information).***

For example, if a member worked January, February, and March (1st Quarter), their dues are to be paid on or before the 15th of April (2nd Quarter). This dues payment will cover the working history reflecting a paid thru date of June 20XX, which means the member has paid for the quarter worked (1st Quarter) and will be current through the upcoming quarter (2nd Quarter).

Quarters are divided as follows:

  • January, February, and March – 1st Quarter
    • Dues to be paid on or before April 15th

 

  • April, May, and June – 2nd Quarter
    • Dues to be paid on or before July 15th

 

  • July, August, and September – 3rd Quarter
    • Dues to be paid on or before October 15th

 

  • October, November, and December – 4th Quarter
    • Dues to be paid on or before January 15th

 

Dues Calculation:

Hourly Rate (i.e. $55.00/hr) X 173.333 (straight time hours in a month) X (Full - 2% or Partial - .575% or Non - .25%) + I.O. (per capita)

(“A” Member per capita = $39 per month – effective January 2020 … “BA” Member per capita = $20 per month – effective January 2020)

***Each calculation is for one month of dues, Multiply by 3 or Add 3 Months Accordingly to calculate a complete quarter.***

 

For Example:

Working 6 days or more in a month (Full Dues - 2%)

Hourly Rate X 173.333 (straight time hours in a month) X 2% + I.O. per capita

For example: Hourly Rate: $55.00/hr x 173.333 (=9,533.315) x 2% (=190.67) + I.O. (A=39.00, BA=19.00) = (“A” $229.67) (“BA” 210.67) per month

 

Working 1 - 5 days in a month (Partial Dues - .575%)

Hourly Rate X 173.333 (straight time hours in a month) X .575% + I.O. per capita

For example: Hourly Rate: $55.00/hr x 173.333 (=9,533.315) x .575% (=54.82) + I.O. (A=39.00, BA=19.00) = (“A” 93.82) (“BA” 74.82) per month

 

Unemployed or not working within Local 40’s jurisdiction per month in a quarter (Non-working Dues - .25%)

Hourly Rate X 173.333 (straight time hours in a month) X .25% + I.O. per capita

For example: Hourly Rate: $55.00/hr x 173.333 (=9,533.315) x .25% (=23.83) + I.O. (A=39.00, BA=19.00) = (“A” 62.83) (“BA” 43.83) per month

 

Late Fees:

1-3 Months Behind = $25.00

4-6 Months Behind = $50.00

7-9 Months Behind = $75.00

10-12+ Months Behind = $100.00

 

For example: 1ST Quarter Dues are to be paid by Jan. 15, which cover the working months of Oct. Nov. Dec. and allow a member to be current thru April. If 1st Quarter Dues are paid or received after Jan. 15, a Late Fee will be assessed accordingly.

For more information on “full-working”, “non-working”, and/or “partial” dues, please contact the hall at (818) 762-IBEW (4239) or unionhall@ibew40.org.