Can my union require me to pay union dues? This paycheck, they took over $60. I don't even go to union meetings or events. Dear Not So Happy with the Union Yes, your union can require everyone in the union to pay dues. The level of dues are established in the collective agreement and are generally expressed as a percentage, like 1 or 2% of your paycheck. This is a hot topic in Saskatchewan. The Government was making some noise about a year ago to introduce, what the Americans call 'right to work' legislation but they backed off. So as it stands, a union can require all in the bargaining unit to pay dues. The thinking is, since you enjoy union privileges, such as a higher wage, better job security, ect., you should pay dues. Think of union dues like taxes: you may not like the way the Government is spending your taxes but you are still required to pay your taxes. Perhaps you should start attending union meetings and tell the union leaders how you would prefer them to spend your hard earned paycheck.