February 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Sacramento, CA – A federal judge on Feb. 8 quickly rejected an anti-union group’s lawsuit that sought to make it harder for SEIU Local 1000, state government’s largest union, to collect agency fees from nonmembers.
The union currently lets workers who do not want to contribute to its political activities the option to pay a partial fee to cover representation costs instead of full dues. But 15 state employees, backed by the National Right to Work Foundation, argued that workers should have to specifically request to pay full dues, because Local 1000’s procedure of letting them opt out annually sometimes forced them to fund political causes they opposed temporarily. Judge William Shubb dismissed the suit two days after hearing arguments, citing a 1992 appeals-court decision that upheld the opt-out system for Los Angeles teachers. A National Right to Work Foundation attorney said they are “anticipating” appealing the decision. Read more