Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County employees sue over forced union dues

March 7, 2019 — Four Lebanon County employees are suing the county and a union they say required them to pay dues after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed that practice.

“Our clients have repeatedly made it clear to Lebanon County and Teamsters Local 429 that they do not consent to the deduction of union dues from their paychecks,” said attorney Jeffrey Schwab of the Liberty Justice Center, which is representing the employees, in a news release.

“After (the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME), the County was required to obtain affirmative consent to withhold union dues from any of its employees. Dues checkoff authorizations signed before Janus are invalid because they were signed before employees had a choice to not pay agency fees or other money to the union as nonmembers.”

The Lebanon County lawsuit says the four employees informed Teamsters in July and September that they wished to resign from the union and to stop the withholding of union fees from their paychecks. The union insisted they could not immediately resign, the complaint alleges.

An attorney for the four employees then asked Lebanon County in October to stop withholding dues, but the county did not, it continues.

The county did stop the withholding of dues for two of the employees in November but has not yet done so for the other two employees, the complaint says.

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