A free market labor group has filed a class action lawsuit against the largest health care worker union in the U.S. to refund millions in forced dues.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRWLDF) filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in a California district court on behalf of state employee William Hough and potentially 5,000 others, according to the NRWLDF.
“In the Foundation-won Janus decision, the Supreme Court finally upheld public sector workers’ First Amendment right to choose whether or not to support a union without the threat of being fired,” National Right to Work Foundation vice president Patrick Semmens said in a statement. “Further, the high court made it clear that fees cannot be collected without a clear waiver of First Amendment rights.”
Hough has worked for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) since 2005 but did not join the local union, instead opting to pay the union “agency fee” required from nonmembers in the VTA as a condition of employment.