Union Member Can’t Recoup Unconstitutional Fair-Share Fees

Jan. 15, 2021, 3:07 PM

A Pennsylvania public library employee lacked standing to bring a class action against her former union to recover the equivalent of unconstitutional fair-share fees nonmembers paid, the Third Circuit said Friday.

Bethany LaSpina paid full dues to be a member of her union. But her union was allowed by state law to collect a lower fair-share fee from nonmembers to compensate it for the benefits they received from its representation.

In Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that governments forcing union nonmembers to pay fair-share fees violated their First Amendment right to freedom of association....

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