How Certified and Registered Family Child Care Providers in Oregon Can Opt Out of AFSCME Dues
For years, certified and registered family child care providers were required to pay union dues to AFSCME Local 132 (Oregon Child Care Providers Together)/AFSCME Council 75 as a condition of employment and the state automatically deducted union dues from providers’ state paychecks.
However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn, family child care providers can now demand that AFSCME cease withholding union dues/fees from their state paychecks.
The court referred to the requirement for partial-public employees like family child care providers to pay union dues as a money-making “scheme” for the union and ruled that the mandatory dues requirement violated providers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.
You can opt out of AFSCME dues by completing this form and mailing it to the address provided.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: AFSCME has arbitrarily decided to only allow family child care providers to opt out during a 10-day period each year. The 10-day window is different for each provider and is based on the date you first signed an AFSCME membership form. If the union receives your opt-out form outside your window, it will ignore your request and continue deducting dues from your pay.
In order to make the process as easy as possible for workers who wish to opt out, we are asking workers to send their opt-out forms to the Freedom Foundation instead of AFSCME. We will submit your form and help you navigate the union’s 10-day window restriction.