Membership Dues

Please note our membership dues structure is changing effective October 2021.


Dues will only be required and collected based on the member’s current earnings from primary employment. If there are zero gross earnings in a pay period, then zero dues are deducted. Members who do not have earnings from Portland Community College remain in good standing until employment ends. 

Union dues are automatically deducted from paychecks at the following rates:

Annual SalaryMonthly Dues         Bi-Weekly PayBi-Weekly Dues
Over $50,000 $78.00 Over $2,143$29.50
$36,000-$49, 999 $62.00 $1,429-$2,143$27.00
$14,000-$35,999 $44.00 $714-$1,429 $22.00
$8,500–$13,999$20.00 $357–$714 $10.00
Up to $8,499$14.00 Up to $357 $7.00


In our May 2021 election, PCCFFAP members approved the Executive Council’s proposal to transition from the current tier-based model of calculating member dues to a percentage-based model. Currently, monthly dues are calculated based on salary range. While this has been a  common method of calculating dues, it creates inequities in that members can be on the same tier, with the same monthly dues, despite thousands of dollars’ difference in annual salary.  That’s why most unions are moving to a percentage structure for membership dues.


Our new dues structure is a simple and equitable percentage— 1.7% of a member’s gross salary, deducted monthly or biweekly depending on your pay schedule.

Sample Calculation
3,000 x 0.017 = 51
with arrow pointing to the number 3000 that says, "Check your earnings statement to find your gross pay" 

There's another arrow pointing to "51" that says "your new dues deduction per paycheck"
As is the case now, only the salary for your primary job at PCC will be used to calculate your dues deduction–i.e., not the class you are teaching on the side, your casual advising hours, or any special projects.   

This new percentage formula will increase dues revenue so our Federation can effectively represent members during this challenging time and prepare for what is sure to be a tough contract negotiation in 2023.

It will also help us recover from the impact of the Supreme Court’s assault on public sector unions in the Janus vs AFSCME decision.

This approach will mean fewer dues adjustments over time, as dues revenue will automatically increase as we bargain successfully for wage increases. Rather than voting to increase the amounts in each tier every few years, the percentage structure will be sustainable for years to come.