County Faces Lawsuit over Alleged Unauthorized Deduction of Union Dues - LebTown - Liberty Justice Center

County Faces Lawsuit over Alleged Unauthorized Deduction of Union Dues – LebTown

March 7, 2019 — Four Lebanon County employees have filed a federal complaint (PDF) against the county and Teamsters Local 429 for unauthorized deductions of union dues from their paychecks.

The lawsuit stems from a June 2018 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that significantly weakened the power of public sector unions by overturning what is known as the “Abood precedent”, a 1977 decision that allowed public-employee unions to require “agency fees” from workers.

That June 2018 case—Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31—stemmed from a dispute between Mark Janus and his employer, the state of Illinois, over obligatory deduction of the AFSCME agency fee from his paycheck.

The Lebanon lawsuit was filed by the nonprofit Liberty Justice Center, for which Janus himself now works. According to the complaint, the four individuals were either delayed or obstructed in their attempts to leave the union and cease the withholdings.

“Our clients have repeatedly made it clear to Lebanon County and Teamsters Local 429 that they do not consent to the deduction of union dues from their paychecks,” said senior attorney Jeffrey Schwab in a Liberty Justice Center press release. “The Supreme Court was clear in Janus: government employers cannot deduct union dues from workers’ paychecks unless workers have told them to.”

Read the full article on LebTown.

Want to Learn More?

You might Also like

Former ASU Student Appeals Conviction for Distributing Constitution- Newsmax

This article by Nicole Wells was published January 27, 2023 on  Former Arizona State Student Appeals Conviction for Distributing Constitution Copies Liberty Justice Center filed an appeal on behalf of a former Arizona State University student who was convicted of trespassing when he handed...

Virginia’s Discriminatory Ambassador Program – Courthouse News Service

This article by Joe Dodson was published December 8, 2022 on Virginia parents argue school ambassador program is discriminatory. Three Loudoun County parents say the school district’s student ambassador program, meant to combat systemic racism, discriminates against students based on their race and viewpoints....