How City of Portland Employees Can Opt Out of PTE Local 17 Dues
Over 800 City of Portland employees are represented by Professional and Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17.
For years, city employees were required to pay union dues to PTE Local 17 as a condition of employment and the city automatically deducted union dues from workers’ paychecks.
However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME (2018), city employees can now demand that PTE Local 17 cease withholding union dues/fees from their paychecks.
The court ruled that the mandatory dues requirement violated workers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association, and that public employees have the right to choose for themselves whether to pay any union dues or fees.
You can opt out of PTE Local 17 dues by filling out the form below, printing it and mailing it to PTE Local 17.
To opt out of PTE Local 17 dues:
- 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 PTE Local 17 at the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.