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What Should Nonmembers Do to Claim their Janus Rights?

Ideally, there is nothing nonmembers should have to do. The unions and public-sector employers should automatically stop deducting fees from all nonmembers who have not clearly and affirmatively consented to union deductions.  However, there is no guarantee that deductions will cease.

If you believe you are a nonmember, you should send the nonmember sample letter to your union and employer demanding that they honor your Janus rights. If your deductions are not stopped automatically within a few weeks or in response to your demand letter, please contact a Foundation staff attorney for advice how to deal with the violation of your First Amendment rights.

You can contact National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation:

  • toll free at 1-800-336-3600,
  • via email to, or
  • by clicking here.


Is There an Organization That Can Help Me Achieve My Janus Rights?

Yes. For five decades, National Right to Work Foundation attorneys have worked in the courts and administrative tribunals to protect and expand the rights of individual employees to refrain from compulsory unionism and forced fees.

The Foundation is the nation’s premier organization exclusively dedicated to providing free legal assistance to employee victims of forced unionism abuse. The Foundation takes no position about how you should exercise your right to join or refrain from joining a union or whether to financially support or refrain from supporting a union.

The Foundation simply wants all employees to be able to make these choices knowingly in an atmosphere free of restraint, threats, and coercion. The Foundation believes these choices should be made by the employee, not the government, public employer or union.

Every employee should know that they can turn to the Foundation for free legal advice, and assistance if necessary, in fighting forced unionism. If you want to know more about the Foundation, click here.

If you want to learn more about your legal rights, go to the Foundation’s “Know Your Rights” page by clicking here, or contact a National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney toll free at 1-800-336-3600, or via email, or by clicking here.

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