Introduction to Your Union

I’m Automatically Part of the Union, Right?

Actually, no! Membership in CAPS is opt-in, meaning that you must actively fill out a member application either in-person or online. Without filling out a membership application, you are considered a non-member in the Bargaining Unit.

Non-members Are Not Represented 

Non-members of CAPS, those who are employed as state scientists without officially joining CAPS do not receive CAPS benefits, representation, or communications. Here’s a summary of benefits members receive that non-members do not:

 
MEMBERS
NON-MEMBERS
REPRESENTATION during...
Investigatory Interviews
Yes
No
Negative Performance Evaluations
Yes
No
Performance Issues
Yes
No
Promotional Issues
Yes
No
Merit Appeals
Yes
No
Exam Appeals
Yes
No
LEGAL REPRESENTATION during...
Adverse Actions
Yes
No
Dismissals
Yes
No
Suspensions
Yes
No
Salary Reductions
Yes
No
Rejections During Probation
Yes
No
Unlawful Appointments
Yes
No
BENEFITS
CAPS COMMUNICATIONS
Yes
No
CAPSule
Yes
No
Weekly News
Yes
No
Bargaining Updates
Yes
No
CAPS MEETINGS
Yes
No
Worksite Meetings
Yes
No
Board Meetings
Yes
No
OTHER BENEFITS
Contract Voting Rights
Yes
No
CAPS Election Voting Rights
Yes
No
Bargaining and Other Surveys
Yes
No
Life Insurance
Yes
No
Scholarships
Yes
No
Consumer Discounts
Yes
No