As a result of the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, MGEC made changes to our constitutional language in order to better define our full members, members who wish to voluntarily contribute at the pre-Janus level for costs related to contract bargaining and other non-political union activities, and represented non-members. These new classification of non-member individuals consists of those people whom MGEC, by law, still represents, while not paying any dues or contributions. MGEC still values its responsibility and obligation to represent all of our engineering and land surveying community, as we are stronger together.
The new member grades are:
Full Members: These members elect to pay the full dues rate and participate fully in MGECs operations. Dues are generally paid through direct payroll deduction.
Contributing Members: These members pay an 85% rate of the full membership and have more limited opportunity for participation [some a-la-carte fees apply and office holding and voting privileges are constrained]. Payment may be through direct payroll deduction or by other contribution method. This membership category has been established to encourage members who previously participated as “fair share” members to continue their limited participation. While less than 4% of the MGEC budget goes to any sort of non-partisan legislative activities, money from contributing members is kept expressively separate from these functions.
Represented non-members: These individuals are not members of MGEC for purposes of MGEC’s organizational structure, however they are represented by MGEC during bargaining and labor negotiations as part of our collective bargaining responsibilities with the State of Minnesota. These individuals are now, with the passage of the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME ruling not required to contribute any money toward representation. Dues or other contributions are not deducted from members in this category.