oday, a group of Pennsylvania state employees sued AFSCME, one of the Commonwealth’s largest public sector unions. The U.S. Supreme Court says it is illegal to require public employees to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Pennsylvania state employees who were forced to pay these fees prior to the Court’s decision are demanding a refund.
Seven current and former Pennsylvania state employees filed a federal class-action lawsuit against AFSCME Council 13, demanding the union return money taken from their paychecks for union “agency” or “fair share” fees prior to the Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. If successful, these workers and nearly 10,000 other state employees could recoup up to $3 million that the union took from them.