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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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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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Cook County Record: Appeals court to decide if unions should refund illegal fees

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it is unconstitutional to require non-union state workers in Illinois to pay “fair share” fees to a union, but a Chicago federal appeals panel is considering whether a union must refund millions of dollars in fees already collected.

The appeal was brought by former state employee Mark Janus to force the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees to reimburse him for “fair share” fees he had to pay the union as a non-union worker. The fees, which were slightly less than union dues, were allowed by Illinois law to cover the union’s costs of collective bargaining and representation.

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