How University of California employees Can Opt Out of a Portion of AFSCME Dues
U.S. Supreme Court decisions have established that unions are not allowed to force public employees, through their union dues, to “contribute to the support of an ideological cause [they] may oppose as a condition of holding a job” Abood v. Detroit Board of Education 431 U.S. 209 (1977).
Consequently, anyone may resign from full union membership and request reduction in the withholding collected for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) of any dues the union used for political and non-essential activity. Employees will still have to pay a reduced “agency fee” to the union for its workplace representation services.
The total reduction of overcharges from the union has been roughly twenty-five percent – up to $315 – for local 3299.
If you object to AFSCME overcharging you for workplace representation, you may request the reduction by filling out the form below, printing it and mailing it to the AFSCME Local 3299 and sending a copy to the state controller.