Because Tennessee is a Right-to-Work state, you do not have to join or pay dues to any union organization in order to keep your job, salary, benefits or seniority.
If you are already a member of a union, you can resign your membership by submitting a written notice to your union. A generic opt-out letter is available here. You will need your union's address and contact information.
We recommend that you make a copy of your letter and either deliver it in person and receive a stamped copy or mail it with Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested Signature. This protects you in case, a union boss “loses” your letter.
We also recommend sending a copy of the letter to your employer’s payroll department.
State laws can differ depending on your profession, please consult with an employee rights organization if you have questions about your specific situation.
Association of American Educators (AAE) – $16.50 per month membership
Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) – $239 annual membership
Professional Educators of Tennessee (PET) – $179 annual membership
National Employee Freedom Week Coalition Members are in bold.
Your Rights (Center for Union Facts)
Unions and Union Dues (American Center for Law and Justice)
Teacher Rights (AAE)
Insider Online (The Heritage Foundation)
Labor Watch (Capital Research Center)
Alliance for Worker Freedom (Americans for Tax Reform)
Workforce Freedom Initiative (US Chamber of Commerce)