Oliver v. SEIU

No one should be forced to pay dues to a government union against their will.

Shalea Oliver has worked as an income maintenance caseworker for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services since 2014. In her position, she helps a variety of people, including the under or unemployed, disabled and other vulnerable populations in Philadelphia. 

As a Philadelphia native, service to her city is important. She feels like she makes an impact through her work. However, she was forced to pay a government union, SEIU Local 668, in order to work for the Commonwealth.

All that changed with the decisive victory for workers’ rights in the U.S. Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME decision in June 2018. Oliver was hopeful that she would finally be able to resign from SEIU and stop the union dues that cost her about $50 each month.

Unfortunately, despite the Supreme Court ruling, the Commonwealth continued deducting union dues from Oliver’s paycheck for nearly six months after she demanded the deductions stop and resigned from SEIU Local 668.

After multiple attempts to stop the union dues deductions on her own, Oliver turned to attorneys at the Liberty Justice Center for help

Hear Shalea’s story in her own words here.

Read more about Shalea’s story on Stand With Workers.


Jeffrey Schwab

Jeffrey M. Schwab

Jeffrey M. Schwab is a Senior Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center, where he litigates cases to protect the rights to free speech, economic liberty, private property and other Constitutional rights in both federal and state courts across the country.

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Oliver v. SEIU


February 28, 2019


United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania




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