In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the information below may be outdated. Please visit MyJanusRights.org to learn more.
Question: If I believe my rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses, can I file my own unfair labor practice charges against the union or the employer with a state agency?
Answer: If you work in the public sector and at the state or local level (including high school or college) level, whether you can file your own unfair labor practice charges with a state agency depends on state law.
Choosing to file charges against the union or against your employer is a personal decision which the Foundation neither recommends nor opposes. However, if you do decide to file charges with a state agency against the union or against your employer, please feel free to contact the Foundation for free legal advice regarding the correct procedures to use and the best circumstances under which charges may be filed. Advice will be limited to cases involving abuses of compulsory unionism within the charter purposes of the Foundation.
To contact the Foundation, you may:
- Send an e-mail to the Foundation’s legal department;
- Fill out our online contact form for free legal aid;
- Call the Foundation’s toll-free number at 1-800-336-3600.
If you would like to learn more about your rights as a public sector employee, click on the appropriate question below:
- Can I be required to be a union member or pay dues to a union?
- How can I resign my union membership?
- How do I cut off the use of my dues for politics and other nonbargaining activities?
- What if I have religious objections to joining or financially supporting a union?
- What if I am a victim of union violence?
- What if I want to work during a strike?