Union membership is not required by Michigan law. Most
collective bargaining contracts require members to resign from the
union only during a specified time period, usually August. If you
are interested in resigning from your union, make sure to check the
exact requirements of your current contract.
The following steps should be followed if you wish to
become a nonunion employee – at no risk of losing your job – and
become what is commonly known as a “fee payer.”
1. Draft a letter of resignation revoking any
authorization for payroll deduction of membership dues and authorize
only those fees legally chargeable for collective bargaining
2. Make three copies of the letter and mail the
original, by certified mail (with signature requested) to your
3. Mail one copy to your district’s superintendent.
4. Keep one copy for your records.
If you encounter any
difficulty in this process, you may contact the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission at (313) 256-3540. You may also want to consult
the National Right to Work Legal Foundation,
www.nrtw.org, or contact the Labor Policy Initiative at the
Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
If you wish to resign from your union for
religious objector reasons, you may do so at any time during the
year, although a formal hearing will be held. Contact Landmark Legal
www.llf.org for more information on that process.