ABC 27: State workers sue union over ‘fair share’ fees

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 on ABC 27 on November 7, 2019.

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.​

The workers are seeking a refund of the non-member fees paid to AFSCME between November 2017 and June 2018.​

Employees in the lawsuit paid an average of $600 a year. If the suit rules in their favor, $3 million could be paid out to 10,000 state employees.

Read the full article on ABC 27.