FAQ

Does a public employee have to be a member of a public-sector union in order to get or keep his or her job?

No. A public employee cannot be forced to join a union to get or keep his or her job. If you decide to exercise your rights to not join a union or to resign from a union and have any questions or problems while doing so, please contact the Fairness Center at 844.293.1001 or email info@fairnesscenter.org.

Does a public employee with a sincere or bona fide religious objection have any alternative to paying a union?

Yes. First, the public employee can choose to not join the union or can resign his or her union membership. Second, once the public employee is a nonmember and demonstrates that he or she has a sincere or bona fide religious objection to paying any money to a public sector union, he or she can pay all of his or her union fees to a charity instead of to the union. If you have any questions about becoming a religious objector, please contact the Fairness Center at 844.293.1001 or email info@fairnesscenter.org.

What if a public employee wants to work during a called strike?

In Pennsylvania, many public employees are allowed to strike. However, a public employee is free to work or refuse to participate in a strike called by his or her union. NOTE: You should first properly resign your union membership if you choose to not participate in a strike; otherwise, you may be subject to union discipline that could affect your career and/or your finances. If you have any questions as to your rights to participate or abstain from participating in a strike, please contact the Fairness Center at 844.293.1001 or email info@fairnesscenter.org.