Leitch v. AFSCME - Liberty Justice Center

Leitch v. AFSCME

On May 1, 2019, nine workers in Illinois government filed a federal class action lawsuit against AFSCME, demanding the union return money taken from their paychecks for union “agency” or “fair share” fees before the Court’s June 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. If successful, these workers and more than 2,700 other state employees in Illinois could recoup more than $2 million that the union took from them.

The Illinois workers are seeking a refund of union fees paid from May 1, 2017, through June 28, 2018, because this is what is permitted under the Illinois statute of limitations. However, each of these workers and many others have paid much more in illegal union fees over the course of their public service careers.


In May 2019, the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of Illinois government workers against AFSCME Council 31.


Complaint 05/01/2019

Joint Motion to Stay the Case 06/06/2019

Notice of Appeal 03/05/2020

Docketing Statement 03/05/2020

Supreme Court Petition for Certiorari 07/06/2021

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