Opt-Out Now

If you are a dues-paying member of Education Minnesota, the union recently expanded your annual opt-out “window” to 30 days in September (Sept. 1-Sept. 30). The union has also stated that members who did not sign recommitment forms in the 2017-2018 school year will be allowed to revoke their union membership at any time. We will keep you informed if we hear of teachers successfully resigning outside of the window.

While the resignation window expansion is good news, the bad news is the window still exists. Educated Teachers MN believes that the September Window unreasonably burdens the First Amendment right of teachers recognized in Janus v. AFSCME to decline to fund the union. This unreasonable burden, however, must either be ruled on by a court of law, changed by the legislature or recognized by the union before teachers’ civil rights are fully restored.

In the meantime, the most effective way to resign from membership is to opt-out during the September Window. To assist you in the process, we recommend that you prepare your resignation letter in advance so you can enjoy the summer and focus on your students in the fall.

Also, if you create your letter in advance, Educated Teachers MN will remind you by email to send it in during the September Window. If you change your mind, you can hold the letter. It is your choice. 

If you are interested in challenging the September Window, please email us at [email protected].

You can create your resignation letter below. Please follow the instructions carefully.

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Resignation Instructions: “Print, Sign, Send”

Your completed opt-out letter is available below. Education Minnesota requires that it be “submitted” between Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 30, 2019. 

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  1. Resign from Education Minnesota. Send via U.S. mail a signed, original letter postmarked between September 1 and September 30. Then, email a copy of your letter to Education Minnesota at [email protected] between September 1 and September 30. The subject line should be “Union Resignation.” State in the email, “I mailed a signed copy of the attached letter to Education Minnesota and submitted a signed copy to both my employer and local union.” Keep a copy of your email as proof of submission.
  2. Notify District Employer. Email the letter to your district office between September 1 and September 30. The subject line should be “Union Resignation.” State in the email, “I submitted a signed copy of the attached letter to Education Minnesota and the local union.” Keep a copy of your email as proof of submission.
  3. Notify Local Union. Email the letter to the local union representative between September 1 and September 30. The subject line should be “Union Resignation.” State in the email, “I submitted a signed copy of the attached letter to Education Minnesota and my employer.” Keep a copy of your email as proof of submission.

Next Steps:

  1. Confirm Your Resignation. Look for an acknowledgment in early October from Education Minnesota and your employer. If you do not get one, email Education Minnesota again, and contact your employer.
  2. Check Your Paystub. The resignation should be effective on October 1, 2019 but it could take time for the district to process your letter and end the deduction of union dues. Check your paystub to be sure you do not pay dues after October 1, 2019. (Your employer may have to credit dues.)
  3. Create a File. Keep a hard copy of the letter and detailed notes on the steps you took to resign. It is a good idea to keep an electronic and/or hard copy of the emails, too.

Resignation Letter