How can I stop my union from deducting dues when I resign membership?

I work for the US Postal Service and want to quit membership in the APWU (American Postal Workers Union) I want to stop the APWU from deducting dues from my pay. APWU states you can only resign from the APWU within a 10-day window which opens TWENTY days before the anniversary of your membership date (your join-date) and closes 10 days before that date. Is there any legal precedent I can use to get around their resignation rule?

Asked on March 7, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to contact the major membership director or head of the union and find out what you can do. Further, it doesn't sound correct that you must pay dues if you no longer work for the post office. However, if you are still employed by the post office, you may wish to first speak with your personnel department. If that doesn't help, review your entire membership book and if it indicates you have windows to become members or windows to end memberships, ask the personnel department to give the statutory basis that allows them to do that. You cannot be held to such a contract, it would be considered unconscionable. However, you need to check if you still have to pay a fair share.


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