Can I resign from my union? Yes.
On June 27, 2018, 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 fees as a condition of employment. The court also ruled that it is illegal for fees to be deducted from public employees' paychecks unless that employee is a union member and 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 fees from your paycheck. The first paycheck to reflect this change was issued on July 20, 2018 for the pay period covering June 22 - July 5, 2018.
Some unions have issued membership cards that say members must pay dues for a set period of time whether or not they remain a member of the union. Read before you sign and let us know if you are forced to continue paying dues after you resign.
Need help resigning from your union? Fill out the form to the right. Or just have a story to tell us about your experience with the process? We want to hear from you, too!