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ABC 27: State workers sue union over ‘fair share’ fees

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of Pennsylvania state employees has filed a lawsuit against AFSCME Council 13, the government union that represents thousands of state employees in Pennsylvania.

Seven current and former state employees filed the federal class-action lawsuit, looking to recoup “fair share” fees taken out of their paychecks and sent to the union.​

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that those fees are not constitutional.​

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WITF Public Radio: Seven Pa. workers want their union dues back

Labor union AFSCME represents many of the workers there. Schaszberger was never a member, but as was the case in many unionized workplaces, he still had dues deducted from his checks.

“Over the course of my 11 years with the commonwealth, they took about $4,000 out of my pay,” he said at a press conference announcing the suit.

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Pennsylvania state employees file class-action lawsuit against AFSCME, seeking refund of approximately $3 million in illegal union fees

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.

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Bloomberg Law: New York Sued for Blocking Government Worker ZIP Codes

The Liberty Justice Center filed a petition this week in the New York Supreme Court in Albany, accusing the state of attempting to block workers’ constitutional rights by not releasing government employees’ ZIP codes. The center says an executive order limiting that information makes it harder to locate workers and notify them of their rights not to participate in unions.

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