State of Tennessee

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.

Download a generic opt-out letter here.

State laws can differ depending on your profession, please consult with an employee rights organization if you have questions about your specific situation.

Non-union alternatives:

For Teachers:

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.

Don’t see your group listed? Email victor@employeefreedomweek.com or colin@employeefreedomweek.com to have it added to the list.

More Information About Your Rights

All Employees:

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

Workplace Fairness Institute

Your Rights (Center for Union Facts)

Unions and Union Dues (American Center for Law and Justice)

For Teachers:

Teacher Rights (AAE)

Coalition of Educators Against Forced Unionism

Labor Reform Information, Research, and News

The Heritage Foundation

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Center for Union Facts

National Taxpayers Union

FreedomWorks

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

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)

Education Intelligence Agency