How Public Employees Can Opt Out of a Portion of Dues
U.S. Supreme Court decisions have established that unions cannot force public employees, through their union dues, to “contribute to the support of an ideological cause (they) may oppose as a condition of holding a job.” (Abood v. Detroit Board of Education 431 U.S. 209 ).
Consequently, anyone may resign from full union membership. In any of the 28 states that prohibit forced union fees, resignation means those opting out need not pay the union anything.
If you happen to work in one of the 22 states still permitting an “agency fee” requirement in the union contract, a portion of your paycheck will still be deducted even after you’ve left the union to help pay its overhead costs. These agency fees routinely amount to 70 or 90 percent of what the worker was paying before opting out.
Still, exercising your constitutional rights sends an important message to the union that it needs to spend more time representing your interests and less time on excess spending on unrelated causes and politics.
To stop the state from deducting dues from your pay:
- 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 at the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.