AFT Membership and "Agency Representation Fee"
                                                     (  02/21/2008 11:41   )

If you are teaching at TCNJ as an adjunct faculty, you are included in the AFT Adjunct Faculty unit and covered by the contract which is referred to as the Agreement.

When you began teaching at TCNJ, you were placed in the AF bargaining unit and an "Agency Representation Fee" withheld from each paycheck. This is a category for individuals WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE AFT. The amount of the "agency representation fee" is equal to 85% of the AF dues paid by an AFT member. Currently AFT dues are 1.9% of salary. In order to become a member, YOU MUST COMPLETE and return a union membership card which can be obtained online HERE.

You can determine whether you are an AFT member by checking your on-line payroll information through YESS.  After successfully entering your username and password, you should be able to access your payroll information. Look for the category "After Tax Deductions." There could be more than one item shown there depending on your preferences but you are looking for one of the items listed in the "Designation" (yellow cells) column, table below, which is your AFT deduction as well as your AFT MEMBERSHIP STATUS.

As an ADJUNCT FACULTY, you are in the AFT Adjunct Faculty bargaining unit. Either of these two terms will appear in the deduction box:  "ADJ Un Ud"  which indicates you are paying AFT dues and ARE AN AFT MEMBER  OR  "ADJ Ag Ud" which means you are paying the "agency representation fee"  and  ARE NOT AN AFT MEMBER.

AFT Deduction     Example
Bargaining
Unit
Category Designation Salary Deduction 3 SH &
$ 1050 / SH
        $ 3150 / SEM
Adjunct Faculty Member * ADJ Un Ud 1.9 % $ 59.85
Dues/Sem
$ 8.98 above
Agency Fee
  Non-Member ** ADJ AG Ud 85 % of 1.9 % $ 50.87
Agency Fee/Sem

                   * - AFT Membership Dues  -    Adjunct Faculty = 1.9 % of salary

                ** - Agency Representation Fee =  85 % of AFT membership dues

As you can see on the table above, it only cost $ 8.98 more PER SEMESTER to be an AFT MEMBER is you are teaching 3 SH. An insignificant amount of money. Without your support and that of other TCNJ adjunct faculty, we cannot continue to work on your behalf!

A membership card can be downloaded here, signed and returned via campus mail to Local 2364, AR 154.

If you ARE NOT AN AFT MEMBER, your AFT deduction will ONLY increase by 15 % each pay check when you join the AFT.

The important things is that by being a member, you will be HELPING TO MAKE YOUR UNION STRONGER AND BETTER ABLE TO REPRESENT YOU.

Contact us if you have any questions about this. aft@tcnj.edu   or   X 2783