How Local Government Employees Can Opt Out of Dues and Fees for International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #214
Teamsters 214 is the designated union for local government employees across Michigan including public employees in Berrien County, Antrin County, Arenac County, Newago County, Muskegon County, Lapeer County, Kent County, Kalkaska County, Ogema County, Otsego County, City of Detroit, City of Marshal, City of Escanaba, City of Lansing, and City of Royal Oak.
The range of activities and causes which is funded by union dues is wide and often controversial. When the union is paying for causes and efforts which you oppose, then it is controlling your voice. Many are uncomfortable with this. A recent court decision reaffirmed that you have the final say about what causes you fund.
“States and public-sector unions may no longer extract [funds] from nonconsenting employees. . . . This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue.” (Janus v. AFSCME, 2018).
Consequently, public employees may decline to pay these private organizations without losing their jobs or employer-provided benefits.
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 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 and providing a copy to your payroll office.