Happy National Employee Freedom Week!

This week we celebrate public-sector employees’ rights and their freedom to choose.

While government workers’ rights regarding union membership were restored in 2018, barriers still remain. Union membership is a personal decision, and it’s important for our civil servants to know about their options and alternatives and have access to resources to help them make the choice that is best for them.

For teachers

Are you a Minnesota educator looking to exercise your freedom of choice regarding union membership? Visit EducatedTeachersMN.com to create your personalized resignation letter and receive a reminder to mail the letter during the September opt-out window (Sept. 1-Sept. 30). If you miss the window, you are automatically locked into union membership for another year.

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You can also read up on the history of Minnesota’s teachers’ unions and what the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME means for educators’ First Amendment rights.

Questions? Email [email protected].

For state workers, city clerks, corrections officers, and other public employees

Employee Freedom MN is a community for Minnesota public employees interested in talking about workplace unions and employee rights. If you have decided union membership is not the right choice for you, your resignation dates are determined by the date on which you signed your union card. Typically, the terms on the union card include calculating back a particular number of days to establish your opt-out window period.

For example, AFSCME Minnesota Council 5’s terms require the union member to send a resignation letter “during the period not less than 30 days and not more than 45 days before the annual anniversary date of this authorization.” Employee Freedom MN will help you calculate this time period and send you a reminder when it opens up. If you miss the window, you are automatically locked into union membership for another year.

Questions? Email [email protected].