New York City teachers are entitled to a partial refund of their union dues under the Supreme Court's Beck decision and related cases (discussed below). Only teachers who have not joined the UFT (signed a union membership card or enrolled online) are eligible for the refund. UFT procedures require that you send a letter requesting the refund in June, 2009 for the 2009-2010 school year. New teachers receiving their first paycheck with union dues withheld have 30 days from receipt of that paycheck to send the letter. An updated description of the refund procedure was published in the June 4, 2009 edition of the New York Teacher.
You may download a form letter to apply for the refund, below. New York City teachers pay dues to the UFT, New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. One check covers the refund from all three unions. This refund does not affect your membership or rights under the UFT's welfare plans. Again, do not send this letter to the UFT until June.
Teachers outside New York City should contact their union to determine the refund application deadline and procedures that apply to them.
The following excerpt is from the US Department of Labor website:
US SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
(April 12, 2000)
DISCLAIMER: This information is not legal advice, and no guarantee is made by JMAP concerning the effectiveness of the form letter. Please contact your union with any questions.