The Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME means 5 million government workers in 22 states are no longer forced to pay a political organization to work in public service.
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Seven current and former Pennsylvania state employees have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to get back dues they claim they were forced to pay to a union that did not represent them.
If they’re successful, approximately 10,000 people could end up getting $3 million back.
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.
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.
“They chose not to join the union yet they were forced to pay these monthly union fees just so they could continue to work for public service,” Kelsey said. “Think about that. These people were forced to pay money to a political organization just so they could keep their jobs. That is wrong.”
Schaszberger says he was forced to pay union fees to Harrisburg-based AFSCME Council 13, even though he wasn’t a union member.
“I didn’t seek their representation, I didn’t want their representation, and I didn’t feel that they represented my interests anyway,” Schaszberger said. “So, to be forced to pay them as part of my job just didn’t seem right.”
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