THE LABOR union of University support staff wants to increase monthly dues by 50% to improve its services, an official said.

Under the proposal presented last Oct. 14 during the union’s general assembly at the Medicine Auditorium, the salary deduction for non-academic employees will be raised to P150 from P100.

UST Samahan ng Manggagawa Secretary Michael Dalimot said the increase will improve the union’s services to its members, including health benefits and projects such as sports competitions and raffle draws.

“The increase will help improve the services we provide our members. We can serve them better if we have enough funds,” Dalimot said.

The union will also standardize financial assistance to members with serious illnesses like cancer to P50, and P50 for bereavement assistance.  

“There was no determined amount for financial assistance to members before. We just made it concrete or standard,” Dalimot said.

The union will meet again for another general assembly on Dec. 2 to seek the members’ approval.

Members of the union welcomed the proposal. But it is still subject to the approval of the Vice-Rector for Finance. 

The increase in monthly dues will be the first in 10 years. D. J. B. Evite

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