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Workers Can Limit Payments to Union

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Q. We recently lost a union election, 6-3. What can employees who did not want any part of the union do now? Is there any way for them to get out of this? —K.F., Pennsylvania

A. Even though the union won the election, employees at your company have the right to choose not to be union members. Nonmember employees may object to paying full union dues and need pay only an agency fee based on the union's spending for activities related to collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance adjustment.

This is usually called filing a “Beck objection” because it's based on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1988 decision in Communications Workers of America v. Beck.

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