To opt out of KEA dues:
- 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.
- Mail the completed form to the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.
*Please note: If you are currently paying KEA dues via automatic credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payments from your bank, you should also contact your bank directly to stop the payments.Preview (opens in a new tab)
The Kentucky Education Association (KEA) is one of the state’s largest unions for teachers and other public school employees.
In the past, public employees in Kentucky could be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, allowing unions like KEA to take their members for granted. However, because Kentucky is now a “right-to-work” state, public employees can no longer be required to financially support a labor union against their will.
Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME reaffirmed that all public employees have a constitutional right to choose for themselves whether to pay any union dues or fees.
You can opt out of KEA dues by filling out the form above, printing it and mailing it to the union.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should receive some acknowledgement of your request from the union within a few weeks.
In many cases, union dues are automatically deducted from employees’ paychecks. Monitor your paychecks to make sure the dues deductions stop. If the deductions continue for more than a couple pay periods after submitting your opt-out request, contact the union.
*Please note: If you are currently paying KEA dues via automatic credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payments from your bank, you should also contact your bank directly to stop the payments.
Finally, keep in mind:
Opting out is your constitutional right. However, unions like KEA sometimes place restrictions on when they will accept opt-out requests. If the union refuses to immediately cancel dues deductions from your pay, ask them to provide you with written documentation and contact us for assistance.
KEA dues for full-time teachers are currently $621 per year, plus $200 in National Education Association (NEA) dues and your local association dues.
No. Only a handful of school districts in Kentucky have collective bargaining agreements with unions. Most, if not all, of these agreements recognize the union as the “exclusive representative” of all employees covered by the agreement, regardless of their formal union membership status. As a result, the terms of the union’s agreement apply equally to all employees, even if they cease paying dues.
In districts without collective bargaining agreements, your employer is responsible for the terms and conditions of your employment.
In both cases, your compensation, health benefits, retirement, and anything else provided by the district will remain unchanged if you opt out of KEA.
While the terms of your employment will remain unchanged, union officials commonly prohibit nonmembers from participating in internal union affairs, such as attending union meetings, voting for union officers or participating in contract ratification votes. You’ll also be ineligible for any special “members only” benefits, such as discounts on additional insurance, scholarship programs, or deals the union has arranged with businesses. You may no longer receive the union newsletter or similar publications.
People have many reasons for not wanting to support the union. Some simply do not believe the services the union provides are worth the dues it charges. Others may find the union’s one-size-fits-all agenda does not serve them well because they are new to the profession, have a specialty that is not acknowledged in bargaining, or they believe their effectiveness is undercompensated. Some resent the union’s role in enabling and defending underperforming employees. Many find the union’s political activity and use of dues to advance partisan causes, candidates and ideology distasteful. Still others believe that union officials are corrupt and unaccountable to their membership.
KEA is a private organization with minimal obligations to disclose financial information to members.
However, the IRS requires unions’ 990 tax return to be a public document, and these can be found online at sites like this. KEA reports using the Employer Identification Number (EIN) 61-0245450.
Additionally, a portion of your local dues typically fund several related organizations, such as state and national affiliates. KEA is an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), which is required to file annual financial reports with the U.S. Department of Labor. The most recent report filed by the NEA is available here.