Filed on behalf of Pennsylvania state employees, the federal class-action lawsuit, Schaszberger v. AFSCME Council 13, demands a refund of the nonmember fees employees. These fees were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME in June 2018.
This article first appeared November 7th on CBS 21.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania state workers are seeking millions of dollars in refunds as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday.
Like a previous lawsuit filed earlier this year, the workers say they were forced to pay union fees, even though they’re not union members.
Until earlier this year, David Schaszberger worked as a Pennsylvania government employee for more than a decade.
“It developed me as a professional and they gave me a lot of good opportunities to grow professionally,” Schaszberger said.
There was just one big problem.
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.”