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Ohio Teacher Loses Bid for Union ‘Fair-Share’ Fees Refund (1)

Feb. 24, 2020, 9:29 PMUpdated: Feb. 24, 2020, 11:29 PM

An Ohio public school teacher isn’t entitled to a refund of the “fair-share” fees she was forced to pay to her school district’s union, even after the U.S. Supreme Court held that such fees are unconstitutional, the Sixth Circuit ruled.

When Sarah Lee was hired by the Avon Lake School District, she was required to either join the Avon Lake Education Association as a union member, or else pay fees under the district’s collective bargaining agreement. She chose the latter.

In 2018’s Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court held that such mandatory fair-share fees violated nonmembers’ free speech rights...

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