Troopers Lose Post-Janus Attorney Fee Case

A group of current and former Connecticut state troopers filed suit in 2015 against the Connecticut State Police Union and various state officials alleging that the Union violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by deducting union fees from their pay even after they withdrew from union membership. While the lawsuit was pending, the Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018), in which the Court…

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Freeloaders And Free Riders

Erik Gagne and Barry Wallett are li­quor control agents for the State of Con­necticut. Their union issues a quarterly newsletter to its members, and its 2018 spring and winter newsletters contained the following quote from Cynthia Dill, a State Senator: “Choosing to work where there is a union and getting the related benefits of higher wages and collective bargaining, but not paying a fair share of the costs of…

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One-Year Membership Period Does Not Violate Janus

Local 668 of the Service Employees International Union, Local 668 represents approximately 130 non-supervisory employees of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The collective bargaining agreement between Local 668 and the County provides that members of the Local may resign from the Union during a period of 15 days prior to the expiration of the contract. When he was hired in 2006, Francisco Molina signed a dues deduction authorization form instructing the…

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Court Turns Away Latest Janus-Based Challenge To Dues Deductions

Jared Allen, Christina Cole, Eric Hendrickson, and Jeremy Dunaway work for the State of Ohio. Each was given the option to join or not join the union representing State of Ohio employees, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), which is affiliated with AFSCME. All four opted to join OCSEA at some point during his/her tenure. To join OCSEA, an employee must sign a dues deduction form referred to…

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Janus Does Not Impact Union’s Status As ‘Exclusive Representative’

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 is the exclusive collective bargaining representative for Washington’s publicly subsidized childcare providers. After the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018), two members of Local 925, aided by the Right To Work Foundation, filed a lawsuit alleging that their First Amendment right to expressive association was violated when Washington recognized SEIU as the exclusive bargaining representative for…

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First Post-Janus Cases Decided

A variety of lawsuits have been filed across the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Court decisions have now been issued in three cases. Need Unions Refund Fair Share Dues Collected Before Janus?A group of Washington employees sued AFSCME Council 28, arguing that they were entitled to a refund of fair share dues they paid prior to the Janus decision. A federal…

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