How Public Employees in Northern & Central California Can Opt Out of Teamsters Dues
For years, public employees in California were required to pay union dues to the Teamsters as a condition of employment and the state, city or county automatically deducted union dues from workers’ paychecks.
However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME (2018), public employees can now demand that the Teamsters 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 Teamsters dues by filling out the form below, printing it and mailing it to your Teamsters Joint Council.
To opt out of Teamsters 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 the Teamsters at the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.