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Maryland State Employees File Class Action Lawsuit Against AFSCME

September 4th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court says it is illegal to require public employees to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Now, a group of Maryland state employees who were forced to pay these fees prior to the Court’s decision is demanding a refund.


Today, 19 Maryland state employees filed a federal class-action lawsuit against AFSCME Council 3, demanding the union return money taken from their paychecks for union “agency” or “fair share” fees before the Court’s June 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. If successful, these workers and nearly 10,000 other state employees could recoup up to $7 million that the union took from them.


The lawsuit is Mattos et al., v. AFSCME Council 3. It was filed today by attorneys from the same nonprofit law firms that brought the Janus case, the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.


3 comments on this post.
  1. daniel J harman:

    I know I payed for a long time and not a member AFSCME My boss did not have to pay and got all the things I got. And yes makes a lot more then I did.DAM this is not right

  2. Joe Wellberg:

    Don’t like working in Maryland state Government. Then travel to Mississippi where you make little to nothing in pay and work their. You knew what position you applied for and required fee deduction. 700 per person.

  3. Joe Wellberg:

    > That is the amount they want back. How about move to Utah where you don’t get a pension but a so call 403b plan that is the most crappy plan

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