It really doesn’t cost to be in a union – it pays. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the difference between union and non-union pay is $154 per week. That is the difference of $8,008 per year!
Membership in the Operating Engineers, like membership in any other organization, comes with the obligation to pay periodic dues. These dues are set by a vote of the membership. The dues help pay for the costs of representing workers interests and collective bargaining.