Can I now resign from my Connecticut public union?
Yes. Public employees in Connecticut have a right to not pay union agency fees. We can help you answer this question specifically for your situation, click Get Help Getting Out.
Note: If you are a public employee union member, do NOT sign any new paperwork, documentation, or union cards until you get the facts about your rights. You do not want to sign away your right to stop paying agency fees.
I never signed anything; does this mean I am in a union?
We can help you answer this question specifically for your situation. Contact us.
I read the Janus decision, and I am unsure what this means for me.
Public employees in Connecticut have a right to not pay union dues. This past June, in Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court ruled that public employees have a First Amendment right to decide for themselves whether or not to pay a union. That means you cannot be required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The court also ruled that it is illegal for fees to be deducted from public employees' paychecks unless the public employee is a union member or has signed a waiver clearly allowing the collection of fees.
If you opted out of your union in the past and have been paying agency fees, the state Comptroller must stop collecting union dues from your paycheck. The first paycheck to reflect this change will be issued on July 20th for the pay period covering June 22nd - July 5th.
Why would I consider resigning from paying fees to the union?
There are many reasons, and they are all based on personal choices. For example, you may feel that you prefer to spend your union fees on your family. You may feel that the union does not respect the diversity on political issues that are represented across the workplace. You may simply feel the union is not giving you good representation. After learning more, you may decide that being in an union is the right choice after all. Your union will continue to represent you, like it has been, regardless of the Janus decision. The point is, this is about having a choice.
If I choose to stop paying fees to my union, won’t I lose all of the security that a union provides?
No. Some things will not change whether you stay in your union or not. As a public employee, you’re pensions and health care benefits are protected by Connecticut law through 2027. Likewise, the SEBAC agreement guarantees there will be no layoffs of public workers until 2021.
Am I the only one who is considering separating from my public union?
Union membership is a personal choice made by you and your family. Because there are so many possible reasons for wanting to opt out of paying union fees, there are many who are considering it. After thinking it through, some may choose to leave for a variety of reasons. Some will choose to stay. Either way, you won't be alone. And remember, the exercise of your rights is never a bad thing.
What is this really about? It’s about choice.
It comes down to whether being a part of a public union is the best choice for your family. Some may be sending you a message that this is about “taking sides.” We disagree because we are all on the same side – the side of all Connecticut state workers. This is about what is best for you and your family. Financial decisions should always come down to personal choice.