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To join the New School unit, download a membership signup form and mail it to the address shown on the form.

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What is this signup form?
It is a union membership signup form for ACT-UAW (UAW Local 7902). The top portion of the form is for membership the local, the bottom part is the dues checkoff authorization.

Do I have to sign it?
Our contract requires all part-time New School teachers to be members in good standing. In addition to this being a condition of employment, you may be required to pay a $50 reinstatement fee for failing to maintain good standing.

How much are the dues and when do I have to pay them?
Dues are 1.15 percent of gross salary (e.g., for every $100 earned, dues are $1.15). Because dues are deducted by the New School from your paycheck on the local's behalf, they are never collected unless you are paid.

Where do the dues go, and for what purpose?
The money is spilt between our local (ACT-UAW, UAW Local 7902), the UAW International, and our UAW Strike Fund.

Our local uses its portion of your dues to pay staff when volunteers are not available, to fund organizing activities, and to pay for the legal support needed to enforce our contract.

The UAW International provides a Servicing Representative to work with the local union, as well as the assistance of the Research and Legal departments of the union.

The UAW Strike Fund, which is currently over $800 million, is used to support members on strike by paying a strike stipend, health insurance (if you currently receive it as part of your employment compensation), and other strike related expenses. Only union members who participate in a strike are eligible to collect strike benefits.

Is there an initiation fee?
Yes, there is a $50 initiation fee.

Why is it important to sign this signup form?
Only members can vote to elect officers, ratify contracts, and decide whether or not to strike. Further, only members can become officers and participate in union governance.

By forming our union, we have taken a big step in addressing how the university treats its adjunct faculty. To be able to deal with the university from a position of strength, we need a unified membership. The more signed members we have, the stronger our contract remains. To sustain and further develop meaningful reforms in how we are treated by the New School, we need a strong union.

Didn't I sign up already?
In the past, you might have signed a petition or a form seeking to be represented by ACT-UAW. This is not the same as signing a membership signup form and becoming a member of the union. It only takes a moment to sign the form and the dues check-off authorization.

We are very proud of our union and our contract. We look forward to you becoming an active member of our young and vital union.

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