Maryland

Opt Out of Your Public Sector Union

It’s your paycheck. Union membership is your choice. Government workers in the United States now have a voice and a choice whether or not to support or pay money to a union.

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Simply enter the information below and the form will automatically be filled in. When complete, the form will be saved as a PDF to print and send to your union and employer. If you want to fill out the information manually, or print several copies for family, friends and colleagues, you can print a blank opt out form here.

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Below is a letter you can use to try and resign your membership from your union and stop paying dues. We recommend you send a copy to your union (by certified mail), a copy to your district, and keep a copy for yourself. Some unions and states may attempt to restrict this right – if you have issues, email us at [email protected] or call us at 833-33MYPAY.

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While public employees are eligible to work without having to pay money to a union, the state of Maryland has passed laws limiting this right. Maryland has over 200,000 public employees that are represented by unions, totaling 28.1% of all public employees. Some public employee information may only be shared with the union, the associations have specific designated time to meet with employees to pressure them to join and some unions may attempt to enforce opt out “windows.” If you run into any problems, please contact our legal team here.

The main public employee unions in Maryland are the Maryland State Education Association (NEA), the Maryland Federation of Teachers (AFT), and AFSCME (for local government employees). Maryland’s teachers and educational staff make up more than 90,000 of the public employees represented by unions.

Some other facts you might not have known about public sector unions in Maryland:

  • In preparation for the Janus decision, Maryland legislators passed a bill this spring requiring new teachers to meet with a union representative within 30 days of their hiring or by their first pay period.
  • The Maryland State Education Association has made more than $1 million in political contributions to candidates and PACs in the last eight years.
  • Approximately 30,000 Maryland state employees are represented under collective bargaining contracts.
  • Right to work before Janus? NO
  • 28.1% public sector employees unionized (2017)
  • Public sector union membership: 195,029 (members) / 212,509 (covered by collective bargaining/contract) (2017)
  • 43.8% state & local government employees represented by unions (2017)
  • Maryland State Education Association represents more than 74,000 educators and school employees
  • The Maryland State Education Association has made more than $1 million in political contributions to candidates and PACs in the last eight years.
  • In preparation for the Janus decision, Maryland legislators passed a bill this spring requiring new teachers to meet with a union representative within 30 days of their hiring or by their first pay period.
  • Approximately 30,000 state employees are represented under collective bargaining contracts.

Have you made the decision to leave your union? If you are willing to share your story, you can do so here

The Basic Facts

Public employees can no longer be forced to financially support a union that they do not want to be a member of.

Get started above and learn about your rights under Janus, or check out our explainer video for more information on the issue.