How State and Local Public Employees Can Opt Out of Dues and Fees for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 36 (includes locals 119, 127, 143, 276, 575, 585, 619, 685, 741, 773, 800, 809, 830, 858, 901, 910, 946, 960, 1017, 1083, 1108, 1117, 1152, 1271, 1511, 1520, 1734, 1769, 1895, 1920, 1967, 2006, 2076, 2229, 2325, 2556, 2626, 2712, 3061, 3090, 3112, 3302, 3325, 3339, 3511, 3624, 3634, 3672, 3745, 3947, and 3961)
AFSCME Council 36 is the designated union for Astronomical Observers, Aquarium Educators, Zoo Veterinarians, Police Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Librarians, Correctional Nurses, Avionics Specialists, Fire Dept. Mechanics, 911 Dispatchers, Environmental Scientists, Civil Engineers, Transit Workers, Section 8 Housing Workers, Child Support Attorneys, Sanitation Truck Drivers, and many, many other workers.
For years, public employees in California have been forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment, allowing unions to take their members for granted. However, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that public employees can no longer be required to financially support a labor union against their will. (Janus v. AFSCME, 2018).
“States and public-sector unions may no longer extract [funds] from nonconsenting employees. . . . This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue.”
Consequently, public employees may decline to pay these private organizations without losing their jobs or employer-provided benefits.
It is important to know that AFSCME Council 36 may continue to automatically withhold dues from employees’ pay even if they never signed up for membership in the first place. The best way to ensure the deductions stop is to submit a request to the union in writing.
To stop the union from deducting dues from your pay:
- Enter your information into the form below and click “submit.”
- On the resulting page, click the link to open your customized form. You will also receive an email with a link to your form.
- Print the form. If you check the appropriate box about needing a printed version, we’ll mail you a copy of the form.
- Sign and date the form, and make two copies.
- Mail the completed form to the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.
- Provide a copy to your employer’s payroll officer and keep a copy for your files.