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The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) was amended in January 2000 to establish an "agency shop" at the University of California (HEERA §3583.5). This law requires all employees who are represented by a union to provide financial support to the union to help cover the costs of negotiations, contract administration, and related representational activities.
Fair share fees must be paid by all employees in the PX Unit who are not members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5810 Union whether or not they support the union. The only exception under the law is for an employee "who is a member of a bona fide religion, body or sect that has historically held conscientious objections to joining or financially supporting public employee organizations." (HEERA §3584). Employees may apply to the UAW Local 5810 for conscientious objector (CO) status. Once the UAW Local 5810 grants CO status, the employee may select one of the charities agreed to by the UAW Local 5810 and UC, to which the fees will be paid (see chart below). Employees who wish to apply for conscientious objector status should contact the UAW Local 5810 directly.
UAW LOCAL 5810 DUES STRUCTURE AND FAIR SHARE FEES
The full text of HEERA is available online here.