Fair opinion, but that union you are 'buying' into has a long history of financial burdens to get to where it is. It comes with assets, and an expensive collective agreement. IMO it creates a sense of ownership, like a share holder. A lot of very hard work, and no doubt some legal battles have shaped the working enviroment a new fire fighter enters. It only seems fair to 'buy in' but I totally understand it is difficult with a probationary wage; but like anything, a little planning and it shouldn't be a hardship.
I've heard of initiation fees ranging from $150-1500. with most being around $500
In our association you're paying for the time you were in training and were being represented even though many don;t realize it.
The wages, benefits, working conditions, ppe and many other things we all enjoy or keep us safe were the result of a lot of work by your association.
If you were injured or landed in trouble I am confident you would be represented. It's some the best money you can invest.
"Anyone can be trained to be a firefighter, it takes brains to survive"
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