Meet some of the Government Employees we’re helping

Shalea Oliver, plaintiff in Oliver v. SEIU

Shalea Oliver is a Philly girl. It’s where she was born and raised, and now as an adult she not only lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but also serves the people in her community through her job at the Commonwealth. Since 2014, Shalea has worked as an income maintenance caseworker. Her job is to help her neighbors get access to services they need from the Commonwealth.

Shalea joined government union at her workplace, the SEIU, in 2015. She soon developed a low opinion of the union, feeling that it was not representing her or other newer employees well. She was also frustrated to see the union support political candidates without consulting members. The union was hesitant to make the changes that Shalea felt she and other members deserved, so she tried to exercise her right to leave the union. The union refused to let her out.

Not one to sit on the sidelines, Shalea was determined to find the right way to speak up for herself and her colleagues. Read Shalea’s story.

Cara O’Callaghan, plaintiff in O’Callaghan v. Regents of the University of California

Cara O’Callaghan spends her days on the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara, helping students in sports clubs manage their team finances. The campus has been her home since her own undergraduate days. But unfortunately, her job at the university came with a catch: since she is employed by a public institution, prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Cara was required to pay money to a union at her workplace. Read what happened to her in the early summer of 2018.