September Main Time Colorado School Employees Can Opt Out of Union Dues or Non-Member Fees

Author: bdegrow  //  Category: Membership Revocations

September has arrived. For teachers and other employees in many Colorado schools, the busy season continues. But today also marks the beginning of the short time frame in which union members in several school districts can choose to opt out of a year’s worth of union dues (and in a few cases — as our recent video about Colorado teachers unions pointed out — for non-union members to opt out of paying hundreds of dollars in union fees).

Some districts allow teachers and other employees to opt in or out of unions and other membership organizations at any time. In other districts, though, opt-out periods are limited to as little as 7 days or as much as 3 months. Here are the school districts where opt-out periods begin today, with procedures for those who choose to follow them, as well as the official deadline:

  • Teachers in ADAMS 14 (Commerce City) must notify the District Human Resources Office and the Association (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER employees in ANTONITO (South Conejos) must execute a revocation form provided by the association and return completed form to the association (Deadline: Sept 17)
  • Teachers in BRIGHTON (Deadline: Oct 10)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER classified employees in BRIGHTON must request a form from the association president or his/her designee between 7 AM and 7 PM on workdays and submit the completed form (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • All MEMBER employees in CANON CITY must revoke through the Association (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER bus drivers and mechanics in DENVER must obtain a revocation form from the union office on 360 Acoma St. and submit (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Facility managers in DENVER must submit a form in writing (Deadline: Sept 10)
  • Food service workers in DENVER must notify the District secretary in writing or complete a revocation form (Deadline: Sept 30)
  • Paraprofessionals in DENVER must complete approved Revocation of Dues Deduction form at the union office (Deadline: Sept 7 — next Tuesday!)
  • Bus drivers in DOUGLAS COUNTY must submit a mutually agreeable form (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Teachers in DURANGO (Deadline: Oct 1 — also have a window between Feb 1 and Mar 1)
  • Teachers in ENGLEWOOD must notify in writing “through the Association” (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Teachers in GREELEY (WELD COUNTY 6) must submit a written request (Deadline: Sept 30)
  • Teachers in JEFFERSON COUNTY must revoke membership in writing and deliver to the JCEA office (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Teachers in LAKE COUNTY (Deadline: Oct 10)
  • Teachers in LAS ANIMAS must notify both the District and the Association in writing (Deadline: Sept 30)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers, education support personnel, and paraprofessionals in PUEBLO CITY SCHOOLS (60) must send a certified request return receipt letter, to be received at the UniServ office (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER classified employees in PUEBLO 70 must send a certified return receipt letter, to be received at the UniServ office (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Teachers in TELLURIDE must revoke through the Association (Deadline: Oct 10)

Other opt-out periods opened before September 1 but have deadlines approaching, in some cases very soon:

  • Teachers in ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLS must notify DTEA office in writing (Deadline: Nov 1)
  • Today is the last day for teachers in CENTER 26 JT
  • MEMBER teachers in COLORADO SPRINGS 11 must fill out appropriate paperwork at CSEA office (Deadline: Sept 10)
  • NON-MEMBER teachers in COLORADO SPRINGS 11 must submit revocation requests to D-11 payroll and CSEA offices (Deadline: Sept 16)
  • Classified employees in DURANGO must submit request in writing (Deadline: Sept 30)
  • Teachers in FLORENCE (FREMONT RE-2) must indicate on the Payroll Authorization Form for Salary Deductions, and forward the form to the treasurer of the Association (Deadline: Sept 10)
  • Teachers in HUERFANO must complete the appropriate form and present it to the District Administration Office (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Teachers in LITTLETON must notify the district payroll office in writing (Deadline: Sept 5 — this week!)
  • Teachers in POUDRE must submit revocation request in writing through the Association (Deadline: Sept 30)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER teachers in PUEBLO CITY SCHOOLS (60) must request revocation forms from the PEA office, then sign and return them to PEA office (Deadline: Sept 13)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER education assistants and hourly nutrition workers in PUEBLO CITY SCHOOLS (60) must send a signed, certified written notification letter to be received at the CCSEA office, with a copy sent to the District’s payroll office (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • All MEMBER and NON-MEMBER teachers in PUEBLO 70 must either sign a letter of revocation at the Association office, or notify the Association by a certified letter (Deadline: Sept 13)
  • Teachers in SHERIDAN must file a written form to the District payroll office (Deadline: Sept 30)
  • Teachers in ST. VRAIN VALLEY must request revocation in writing through the Association (Deadline: Sept 15)
  • Teachers in THOMPSON must revoke through the Association (Deadline: Oct 10)
  • Teachers in TRINIDAD must notify the District business office in writing (Deadline: Oct 15)
  • Teachers in WESTMINSTER (ADAMS 50) must provide written notification both to the WEA and the District (Deadline: Sept 5 — this week!)

A few opt-out periods have not begun yet but come a little later:

  • Classified employees in ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLS must sign a Drop Deduction form at the CSEA office (Dec 1 to Dec 31)
  • Classified employees in ADAMS 14 (Commerce City) must notify the District office payroll department and association office in writing (Jan 1 to Jan 15)
  • Teachers in DENVER must notify the District through the Association office and on an appropriate form (Nov 1 to Nov 15)
  • Custodians in DENVER must notify the DPS payroll office on an appropriate form (Dec 1 to Dec 15)

2 Responses to “September Main Time Colorado School Employees Can Opt Out of Union Dues or Non-Member Fees”

  1. Ed is Watching » Ben DeGrow Shines Light on Union Opt-Out Periods in Liberty Ink Journal Says:

    [...] Especially if these facts are new to you, I invite you to check out a newly-published article by my Education Policy Center friend Ben DeGrow. The September edition of Liberty Ink Journal features his article titled “Hotel California for Colorado Teachers” (on page 15 of the print edition, page 17 of the electronic issue). To find out more about union opt-out processes and periods, including local details, visit our Independent Teachers website. [...]

  2. Independent Teachers » Blog Archive » September ‘Tis Season for Colo. School Employees Who Want to Opt Out of Union Dues or Fees Says:

    [...] is here. In Colorado schools across the state are back in session. As I wrote a year ago today: But today also marks the beginning of the short time frame in which union members in several [...]

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