How Language Access Providers in Washington Can Opt Out of WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 Dues
Since 2010, language access providers were required to pay union dues to the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28 as a condition of employment. CTS LanguageLink automatically withheld union dues from providers’ pay.
However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn, language access providers can now demand that WFSE cease withholding union dues/fees from their paychecks.
The court referred to the requirement for partial-public employees like language access 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 WFSE dues by completing the form below and sending it to WFSE.