Become a Member of SEIU Local 205!

Do you work in one of the worksites under SEIU Local 205’s jurisdiction? If so, then we invite you to join with thousands of your co-workers from West, Middle, and East Tennessee and become a Member of our Union. Signing up to become a Member is simple and you can do it several ways:

Download a Membership Application!

Unfortunately, you cannot sign up for the Union using an online form. We are required to have a hard copy of your application which includes your hand-written signature. You can download a Membership Application, fill it out in full, and then get it to us by fax (615-227-7674), email (via a scanned pdf to or through the U.S. mail (521 Central Ave., Nashville, TN 37211).

Please select the Membership Application that applies to your workplace/bargaining unit:

Talk to an Organizer!

Signing up to be in a Union is a big decision.  You may have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a union member.  If so, contact us toll free at 800-447-1330 or by email at and we’ll get you the answers you need.

Become an Associate, Retired, or Organizing Member!

Do you work somewhere where SEIU doesn’t have a chapter?  Are you retired?  Are you helping organize an SEIU chapter in your workplace?  Then you can still join Local 205 as an Associate Member, a Retired Member, or an Organizing Member.  These Members have a different dues structure and representation rights than Full Members, but we welcome your support for our cause!  To find out more, contact Jessica Stewart at 615-227-5070, ext. 12 or by email at

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Frequently Asked Questions about Union Membership

Q: What Is A Union?

A: A Union is an organization of workers joined together for a common purpose. A Union exists to offer mutual aid and protection, to engage in concerted activity and collective bargaining, and to elevate workers’ conditions of life and labor. A Union is an organization in which ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Q: How much are the Union Dues?

A: The dues structure is set forth in the local’s bylaws and were voted on by Local 205 members. Union dues for Full Members are 1.3% per pay period, based on your base pay and are automatically deducted by your employer, per the agreements between your employer and the Union. Overtime pay is not used when figuring out how much you will pay in dues. An easy way to figure your dues are like this: Union dues for Local 205 are approximately 1 and 1/2 hours pay, per pay period. Union dues for Associate, Retired, or Organizing Members – who don’t have the same rights and benefits as Full Members – are at a lower rate. Please contact the Local for more details.

Q: What Are Union Dues Used For?

A: The Union must collect dues in order to maintain and service its members, to operate all of its offices, and to conduct the organizing, communications, education, legal, and political work that makes the Union more effective, per the goals and methods set forth by the local constitution and bylaws and by the local President and officers.

Q: What Are the Benefits of Joining?

A: The main benefit of joining the Union is to make sure that you have a voice in the workplace and that your issues as a working Tennessean are addressed by employers and public officials. We all know that there is strength in numbers and joining a Union builds power for you and your co-workers. Other benefits include representation rights (for Full Members) and participation in the Union’s activities. From discounts on rental cars to college scholarships, there are dozens of other discounts and benefits available through both the International SEIU organization and Union Plus. Take a look at some of the member benefits you and your family can take advantage of.


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