How Educators in Oregon Can Opt Out of a Portion of OEA Dues
Over 44,000 teachers and other public school employees in Oregon are represented by the Oregon Education Association (OEA).
Each year, the OEA and its affiliates charge teachers about $900 dollars in union dues and fees. However, much of the union’s budget goes towards political activity and other causes that are unrelated to workplace representation.
U.S. Supreme Court decisions have long established that unions are not allowed to charge teachers for “the support of an ideological cause [they] may oppose as a condition of holding a job as a public school teacher” (Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977)).
As a result, any teacher or other public school employee may become an “agency fee payer” by resigning formal union membership and paying a reduced workplace representation fee, which is less than full union dues.
The total refund of overcharges from the union can range from $250 to $350 each year.
You can request your refund by filling out the form below, printing it and mailing it to the OEA.
To reduce your payment to the union:
- Enter your information into the form below and click “submit.”
- On the next 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 below, we’ll mail you a copy of the form.
- Sign and date the form.
- Mail the completed form to the OEA at the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.
The union will still represent you in collective bargaining, contract management and grievance processing, but you can save hundreds of dollars per year and make your own decisions about politics and causes.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Depending on the outcome of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case called Janus v. AFSCME, public employees nationwide could have the ability to opt out of paying all union dues as early as July 2018.