if you came back from leave of absense, look at your pay check to see if union dues are being taken out... i've been back for 6 months and no union dues are being taken out.
Even if you let them know it usually takes them a couple months to start taking it out. Don't worry they will get there money. Why should they waive anything? If you work one day of a month they can charge for a month of dues.
The union must be slipping most times they don't miss an opportunity to extort money from people, maybe they feel bad about the poor representation that has been giving to the members and won't take dues anymore.
Know your obligations. Either Write a check or be prepared for double deductions till caught up. Don't put blame on anyone else.
This was a problem a couple years ago when hundreds of people were laid off, many for the first time. Like myself. You knew to get a withdrawal card but could not get a straight answer to if the dues were gonna be taken out automatically ?? With that many people laid off you would think the company or union would post something letting people know what's what, but that was not the case and most people I talked to paid 200$ a week for back dues. So now we know.
Waiving back dues should only apply when a worker goes off on LOA, Comp or some other reason. If you are working you are benefiting from union membership and should pay your dues. Waiting six months to take care of it is a little long. Doesn't the company notify the union of layoff recalls?