What about dues? Will we have to pay dues before we get our first contract?
Dues are used to pay the bills, and are also how your local lodge will pay for special projects that you and your coworkers vote for. For example, if your local would like to throw a Christmas Party, or lobby your member of Congress, or host a donation drive... these projects would be paid for with your dues. However, you will not start paying dues until you and your coworkers vote to approve your first contract.