"Also a union member should check with their specific locals for assistance with "financial hardship" circumstances...depending on each situation, specific assistance can usually be worked out, including reduced rates and temporary withdrawals."
I want to say to my fellow sound engineers, Thank you for your replies. Been a member since 1996. I spoke with a higher up woman at 695 (who I will not name). She insisted we have to pay our full dues, $240 per quarter in my case. No matter what.
If you have not done a union shoot in six months? Too bad, Pay us in full. On unemployment? Too bad, Pay us in full.
She told me 695 no longer has "hardship". Hardship stopped back in the late 1990's. There are no reduced rates either. They will not work out anything. 695 wants full dues every quarter. Period.
Has anyone else experienced this problem? Heck man, is it just me?