Union Dues Exemption - Pastor Letter
Employer or Union Representative
City, State, Zip Code
RE: Church Member
Dear (EMPLOYER OR UNION REPRESENTATIVE):
(MEMBER NAME) is a member in good standing and in regular attendance at the (YOUR CHURCH NAME) Seventh-day Adventist Church of which I am the pastor. (MEMBER NAME) has a firm personal conviction that (HE/SHE) cannot belong to or support a labor organization because of (his/her) religious convictions beliefs. On behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist Church I join (MEMBER NAME) in requesting that you accommodate (his/her) religious beliefs in a way that will exempt (Member Name) from membership in or financial support of the (Name of the Local Union).
Historically, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has taught its members not to join or support labor unions. This is still the teaching of the church today. Seventh-day Adventists who do not join labor unions are motivated by religious conviction. You are probably aware that there are legal exemptions for employees with religious objections to supporting unions. If it would be helpful to have more information about the exemptions that apply in your situation, I would be glad to obtain that information for your review.
In harmony with the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the EEOC Guidelines, (Member Name) desires to pay the equivalent of dues to a mutually agreeable charity as provided in the law.
Thank you for making this accommodation for (Member Name).
Pastor (Your Name)
cc: Alan J. Reinach, Esq., Executive Director
Church State Council