AGENCY FEE AND RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(From material created and distributed in 2003 by the RCC union board)
For many years instructors at RCC have been represented by the Riverside Community College
Association, which is affiliated with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National
Education Association (NEA).
In the fall of 2000 the state legislature passed SB 1960, a bill that the governor signed and which
became effective January 1, 2001. This is a bill that established agency shop for public school
employees. This law allows the local bargaining unit, which represents all instructors, to collect
dues from all members. Should an instructor decide he does not want to be a voting member, the
bargaining unit may still collect an “agency fee” for representation.
RCCA has decided to exercise its’ rights under this legislation and adopt agency fee, beginning in
the 2003-2004 school year.
Following are some commonly asked questions regarding agency fee.
What is agency fee?
This refers to the union’s ability to collect money from employees to pay for things such as
negotiating a contract and representing employees in grievances and arbitrations, and lobbying
activities to foster collective bargaining negotiations or secure advocates.
Who must pay agency fee?
All instructors must pay either regular dues as a member of RCCA or an agency fee as a non-
member, since RCCA represents all instructors in negotiations, etc.
Are membership dues and agency fee deductions the same?
All members of the bargaining unit will have the same amount deducted from their monthly
paychecks. [Part time pay one amount, full time another]. Agency fee payers will receive a rebate
in an amount which will vary from year to year and which will be determined in a statewide
arbitration with an administrative law judge. Rebates typically range between 10% and 20% of
the total dues. Agency fee payers will receive a Hudson Notice from CTA sometime in October
along with a request for arbitration. An agency fee payer must complete and return the arbitration
form, which automatically makes the fee payer a recipient of the rebate. One must declare oneself
an agency fee payer at the beginning of the year and should remember that they are not a voting
member of the RCCA and are not eligible for any office or benefits.
Am I a voting member of CTA when payroll deductions begin?
If you have not completed the enrollment forms for membership in CTA you are not a member
even though payroll deductions occur. If enrollment forms have not been competed then you are
an agency fee payer. You are encouraged to complete those enrollment forms so that you may
fully participate in the activities and benefits of membership.
What is the difference between being a member and being an agency fee payer?
A member may participate in all activities of RCCA including elections, etc. Agency fee payers
have the same dues collected but have no voting rights, cannot run for any RCCA office, and are
not eligible for any of the membership benefits [Life insurance policies, etc}of RCCA,CTA or