AFSCME members don’t have to go on strike: They can become fair share payers

AFSCME members don’t have to go on strike: They can become fair share payers

Illinois state workers who don’t want to go on strike can become fair share payers. Here’s how.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees may soon demand that Illinois state workers go on strike – but going on strike might not be in the best interests of all 35,000 employees represented by the union.

If state workers want to cross the picket line and go to work, the only guaranteed way to avoid union punishment is to become a fair share payer.

How do I become a fair share payer?

The process is straightforward: An employee can become a fair share payer by sending a letter to AFSCME and the employee’s agency resigning the employee’s union membership. The state’s website assists any interested employees with the process:

  • Print out this letter. It informs the union that you are opting out of membership and changing your status to “fair share payer.” Fill in your personal information (agency, facility, contact information) and send it to AFSCME.
  • From there, follow the prompts to inform your agency that you have changed your status from union member to fair share payer.

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