FLRA seeks public comment on federal union dues rule

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is officially seeking public comment on a rule that would make it easier for federal employees to stop paying their union dues.

In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register, FLRA states that it “is seeking to assure employees the fullest freedom in the exercise of their rights under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute…in matters directly affecting their pay. Therefore, the FLRA proposes to define when an employee may initiate the revocation of a previously authorized assignment of amounts deducted from the pay of the employee for the payment of regular and periodic dues allotted to an exclusive representative.”

Last month, the authority ruled that federal workers could stop paying union dues at any time, overturning the current practice of letting employees elect to withhold only  once a year.

Prior to that ruling, federal employees could only elect to cease paying dues at one-year intervals. But a 2-1 majority on a decision the Authority said was based on a previous policy decision and not rooted in actual law.

The FLRA will accept comments on the proposal  to implement the until and April 8.

Read the Federal Register here.

Reader comments

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

The union protects and negotiate for bargaining unit employees everyday. While not protect and financial the union so it can continue to work, lobby and be our voice on Capitol Hill and especially in our workplace.

Wed, Mar 25, 2020 Philly

I think if we are allowed to join at anytime, we should be able to leave at anytime. Most of the time, the Union office is empty anyway. Phone calls, emails and voice messages are never returned, so why be a member?

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

I have to renew my membership for BJs, Sam's,Lowes, Home Depot, etc annually why should union membership be any different.

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

I believe keeping the current practice of letting bargaining union employees elect to withhold only once a year is reasonable. This is in line with any club or organization you join. You have the right to renew your membership or discontinue your membership. The union is finanicial by dues-paying members and it's voluntary. If you are dissatisfied after the year you have the right to discontinue membership. The union protects and negotiate our right for decent wages, retirement, health care,benefits, etc. As well as lobby on Capitol Hill for federal employees.

Fri, Mar 20, 2020

I vote to keep the current practice of letting employees elect to withhold only once a year. Thanks.

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