The supreme court ruling in Janus v. afscme means Rockford Teachers are Free to eXercise their rights to leave their union whenever they want.

Teachers give so much of themselves at the start of a new school year. You’re busy setting up the classroom – often using your own money to pay for supplies or decorations. You meet with new families and get to know new students. Then there’s the daily and weekly work that goes into planning every day’s lessons and activities.

On top of everything teachers have to do at back-to-school time, you’re expected to make a year-long decision about union membership in the first few days of the school year. Talk about pressure!

Membership in Rockford area teachers unions costs approximately $500 a year. That’s a big chunk of your paycheck. But thanks to a decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in summer 2018, teachers can now decide for themselves whether they want to give money to support the union at their school. Union membership is an important and personal decision. Unfortunately, some teachers are being told that they can only resign union membership before Sept. 15. This isn’t true!

Here are the facts:

  • Teachers are incredibly important to our communities. Your union membership status does not change that!

  • Teachers can resign from union membership at any time of the school year. Your constitutional rights are valid all year round – not just during the first few and busiest days of the school year!

  • Teachers who resign from union membership are still covered by the union contract.

  • Teachers who resign from their union do not face any threats to their retirement security. Your pension is paid for and protected by state law. Your salary is also safe!

  • It’s hard to tell how much of your union dues stay local in the Rockford area – but some studies have shown that less than 15 percent of your annual dues goes to negotiating your contract.

If you’ve been told that you must continue paying dues to the teachers union at your school because you “missed the deadline” to opt out, let us know. The Liberty Justice Center can help!

Educators have a CHOICE and a VOICE when it comes to union membership. You have the right to make your own decision about union membership, no matter what the calendar says.


If you have problems opting out of your teachers union contact us via this form or by phone at (847) 986-5662.

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Liberty Justice Center fought for Mark Janus all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now we’re helping teachers and other government employees across the country exercise their First Amendment rights. Find out more about the Liberty Justice Center.