How health care workers can opt out of paying dues to SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is the designated union for nurses and healthcare workers in Washington state in both the private and public sector. A private sector employee who disapproves of paying SEIU 1199NW does not have the rights described below to end deductions, but may pay a reduced rate by turning in this form. The private sector employee who has a faith-based objection may also be allowed to donate to charity instead of paying union dues as described here.
Public sector employees who are employed by the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Health, Eastern State Hospital, Western State Hospital, or Harborview Medical Center are also represented by SEIU 1199NW.
For years, public employees in Washington 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). Janus v. AFSCME, 585 US (2018)
The decision found,
“The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union; employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, neither an agency fee nor any other form of payment to a public-sector union may be deducted from an employee, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay.”
Consequently, public employees may decline to pay these private organizations without losing their jobs or employer-provided benefits.
It is important to know that SEIU 1199NW 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 the form. If you check the appropriate box requesting 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.