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UAW 5242

To opt out of UAW 5242 dues:

  1. Enter your information into the form below and click “submit.”
  2. On the resulting page, click the link to open your customized form. You will also receive an email with a link to your form.
  3. Print the form. If you check the appropriate box about needing a printed version, we’ll mail you a copy of the form.
  4. Sign and date the form, and make two copies.
  5. Mail the completed form to the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.
  6. Provide a copy to your employer’s payroll officer and keep a copy for your files.

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UAW local 5242, the Toledo Association of Administrative Personnel, (aka Association of Public Library Employees) is the designated union for administrators of Toledo City Schools, Administrators for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, and professional and semi-professional employees of theToledo-Lucas County Public Library.

For years, public employees in Ohio 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).

“States and public-sector unions may no longer extract [funds] from nonconsenting employees.  . . . This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue.”

Consequently, public employees may decline to pay these private organizations without losing their jobs or employer-provided benefits.

It is important to know that UAW 5242 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I send my resignation to the union?

You should receive some acknowledgement of your request from the union within a few weeks.

Because it has a financial interest in continuing to withhold dues from your pay, the union may contact you and attempt to persuade you to keep your membership. Their sales pitch may include untrue claims and scare tactics. It is a good idea to try to document any questionable claims made by union representatives. Do not be bullied! If you stand your ground, there is nothing the union can do to retaliate against you for opting out.

Monitor your paychecks to make sure the dues deductions stop. Contact the union if the deductions continue more than a couple paychecks after you submit your resignation request.

Some unions have tricked employees into signing membership forms with fine print waiving their right to resign except during a short annual window period. If the union claims you signed such a form and therefore cannot cancel the dues deductions from your pay, ask to be provided with documentation that you ever signed such an agreement.

How much are UAW 5242 dues?

Union dues for UAW 5242 are hundreds of dollars per year, and they differ for employees based upon wages. Check your wage statement for the specific amount.

Will the union continue to represent me if I opt out?

Yes. UAW 5242 has been empowered by the state to represent those in your workplace. Employees are not allowed to negotiate their own compensation or handle their own grievances with their employer, nor can they hire another person or entity to represent them.
In exchange for this unusual benefit, UAW 5242 is legally obligated to represent all employees in the workplace, including those who choose not to join the union as members.
Consequently, the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the union and your employer will continue to set the terms and conditions of your employment and the union will continue to represent you in grievances, contract enforcement, discipline assistance or other proceedings governed by the collective bargaining agreement.

Will I lose wages, health care, retirement or other benefits if I opt out?

No. All provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between the union and your employer will continue to govern your employment. Your wages, health benefits, retirement and anything else governed by the collective bargaining agreement will remain unchanged if you opt out of UAW 5242.

How will my relationship with the union change if I opt out?

While the terms of the collective bargaining agreement will still govern your employment, as a nonmember, the union may choose to prevent you from participating in internal union affairs, such as attending union meetings or voting in union elections, including contract ratification votes. Unions also commonly withhold any special “members-only” deals or discounts the union has arranged for with businesses. You may no longer receive the union newsletter or similar publications.

Why do people opt out of the union?

People have many reasons for not wanting to support the union. Some simply do not believe the services the union provides are worth the dues it charges. Others may find the union’s one-size-fits-all agenda does not serve them well because they are new to the profession, have a specialty that is not acknowledged in bargaining, or they believe their effectiveness is undercompensated. Some resent the union’s role in enabling and defending underperforming employees. Many find the union’s political activity and use of dues to advance partisan causes, candidates and ideology distasteful. Still others believe that union officials are corrupt and unaccountable to their membership.

Unions representing public employees are not governed by the usual consumer protection or anti-trust laws, so abuses are common. Unions can charge whatever they wish. They can spend dues money on anything they want. Often, they do not have to disclose how dues money is spent to members. They can speak for employees without consulting or informing them. They can injure some members’ interests while advancing the interests of others. Unions even have the ability to prevent employees from getting help in their workplace from other sources. They are not governed by any obligation to provide quality service, and almost never have to seek approval of the people they represent in an election to continue as the exclusive representative.

Sometimes people have a faith-based objection to unions’ expenditures. To learn more about some of the major public unions’ expenditures in light of common faith beliefs, click here.

How does the union spend my dues money?

UAW 5242

UAW 5242 collected $492,528 in dues and fees from its members in calendar year 2020, according to reports the union must file with the IRS.

In 2020 alone:

  • $227,972 went to affiliate organizations, including UAW international headquarters in Detroit to support its massive political, economic and social agenda. UAW regularly supports a host of controversial organizations.
  • $2,627 was spent by UAW 5242 on travel.

Also, as of December 2018, UAW 5242 has accumulated a stockpile of $587,000 in savings and cash investments.

UAW 5242’s most recent IRS 990 reports are available here.

A portion of the dues paid by UAW 5242 members also goes to support the UAW headquarters.

UAW Headquarters

The UAW headquarters collected $181 million from local affiliated unions in 2022, according to reports the union must file with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

That same year:

  • $14.6 million was spent on divisive political candidates, causes and lobbying.
  • $1.2 million was paid in contributions to various organizations.
  • $7.8 million was spent on hotels, airlines and travel expenses.
  • $4.5 million was spent on attorneys and private consultants. This figure does not include the 10 attorneys on payroll, each earning an average of $171,300.
  • $980,000 was spent on food and catering.

In 2022, UAW headquarters paid 729 officers and employees, 500 of whom were paid six figures. UAW vice president Cynthia Estrada received $403,300. The total amount spent on payroll was 29% of the union’s income.

UAW Headquarters’ most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2022, 20212020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

Union officials are also required to file reports with the Dept. of Labor disclosing potential conflicts of interest related to UAW’s business dealings. Vice president Cynthia Estrada filed LM-30 reports in 2016 and 2015 disclosing that her spouse’s business received at total of $64,000 in compensation from UAW for providing leadership training to local union representatives.