Workers Hit SEIU With Class Action Over Political Expenses

Law360, Los Angeles (February 4, 2014, 3:57 PM EST) -- A group of California civil servants who are not union members filed a putative class action on Friday against the Service Employees International Union, claiming the union’s practice of deducting money for political activities from employees’ wages unless they opt out annually constitutes prior restraint.

SEIU Local 1000 takes part of state employees’ pay each pay cycle for union dues as well as for its own nonbargaining political activities, according to the suit, filed in California federal court. But by asking employees to opt out of...
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