How Teachers Can Opt Out of California Teachers Association (CTA) Dues and Fees
CTA is the designated union for certified school employees like teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians, and Education Support Professionals in most school districts in California.
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 CTA 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 two copies of 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 forms.
- Mail one of the signed form to the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.
- Mail a second signed form to your local association.
- Send a copy of the form to your employer’s payroll officer and keep a copy for your files.