Today I mailed off my letter to CTA requesting my agency fee rebate.
California is a so-called Fair Share state, which means I'm legally required to pay the local, state, and national teachers unions over $1000 a year for the "privilege" of (not) being represented by them. Since no one is required to be a union member, though, I choose not to be--but I still have to pay them! I'm entitled to a rebate, though, of that money that they don't spend on collective bargaining, as determined by an arbiter, and that comes out to over $300 each year. By agreement we "agency fee payers" must request the rebate each year by November 15th; the $300 check is nice to get right before Christmas!
If you'd like to find out how to get such a rebate, please visit the web site of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, specifically this page.