Adams, et al v. Teamsters - Liberty Justice Center

Adams, et al v. Teamsters

Four mental health workers in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, tried for months to quit their government union, Teamsters Local 429, with no success.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that it is unconstitutional to require government workers to pay dues or fees to a government union as a condition of working in public service, but that is just what Teamsters Local 429 forced them to do.

In July 2018, just weeks after the Janus decision, our clients sent letters requesting to opt out of Teamsters 429. They discovered they would be forced to pay union dues until their union membership anniversary — an arbitrary opt-out window. After exhausting all options to exercise their rights with Lebanon County and Teamsters 429, they turned to the Liberty Justice Center for help.

The Liberty Justice Center has filed a lawsuit, Adams v. Teamsters, on their behalf in February 2019 to force the union to recognize workers’ First Amendment rights.


In February 2019, the Liberty Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Lebanon County workers against their employer, Lebanon County, and Teamsters Local 429 for refusing to allow them to resign union membership.


Complaint 02/27/2019

Complaint Exhibit A 02/27/2019

Motion to Dismiss 05/20/2019

Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Complaint 05/20/2019

Teamsters' Motion to Dismiss 05/20/2019

Certificate of Service 06/18/2019

Brief in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment 06/18/2019

Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment 06/18/2019

Defendants' Joint Statement of Facts 06/18/2019

Certificate of Service 06/18/2019

Motion for Summary Judgment 07/16/2019

Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment 07/16/2019

Brief in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion and Reply 08/13/2019

Certificate of Service 08/13/2019

Memorandum for Summary Judgment and Response 08/13/2019

Defendants' Supplemental Joint Statement of Material Facts 08/13/2019

Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment 08/27/2019

Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment Exhibit A 08/27/2019

Objections to the Judge Report as to Teamsters and Lebanon County 12/17/2019

Objections to the Judge Report as to the Commonwealth Defendants 12/17/2019

Order 03/31/2020

Memorandum 03/31/2020

Notice of Appeal 04/15/2020

Unopposed and Agreed Motion to Stay 05/20/2020

Appellant's Unopposed Motion to Stay Appeal 06/03/2020

Appellants' Opening Brief 01/14/2021

Appendix 01/14/2021

Brief for Commonwealth Appellees 02/11/2021

Brief of County of Lebanon, Appellee 03/02/2021

Response Brief of Teamsters 03/02/2021

Appellants' Reply Brief 03/23/2021

Third Circuit Opinion 01/20/2022

Amended Opinion 02/11/2022

Opinion 02/11/2022

Judgment 02/11/2022

Reply to Briefs in Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari 09/02/2022

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