The Law

The Law – Fair Share Fees

Under the Public Employee Fair Share Fee Law (Act of 1993, P.L. 45, No. 15), the union or collective bargaining unit may require each nonmember to pay a “fair share” fee.

  1. Nonmembers may object to this fee based on religious grounds. If this challenge is made, the objector shall provide the union with verification that the challenge is based on bona fide religious grounds. This is conducted in the form of a letter. If the union accepts the objection, the equivalent of the fair share fee is to be forwarded to a nonreligious charity of the fee payer’s choice. If the union rejects the challenge, the nonmember has 40 days to challenge that determination.The NEA supports noneducational social agendas and funds noneducational organizations that may conflict with your personal, moral or religious beliefs. Click here to see if you support the organizations that the NEA funds with union dues.
  2. Nonmembers may also object to this fee based on propriety. If a nonmember challenges the amount of the fair share fee, they must submit this objection in writing to the exclusive representative. Once this is done, the challenge is resolved by an “impartial” arbitrator. Please note this arbitrator is to be selected and compensated by the union. If you would like assistance with this objection, please contact KEYTA.

Since KEYTA does not, and has never, used dues money to support noneducational agendas, our annual dues are significantly lower than those of the state teacher unions.

Nonunion members are able to pay the “fair share fee” and still join KEYTA for less than full union membership fees. Membership into KEYTA also gives you $2 million professional liability insurance coverage…that is double the amount of insurance offered to union members.