July 22, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
State workers in Connecticut can quit the union at any time and won’t have dues deducted from their paychecks, under a settlement approved by a federal judge June 15.
The deal resolves a lawsuit filed by about 200 engineering, scientific, and technical personnel who claimed they were being unconstitutionally forced to be members of the Connecticut State Employees Association. Under the settlement, state employees will be able to quit the union at any time, instead of during a designated one-month period each year, and will only have to pay fees to cover representation costs, not political activities or lobbying. The plaintiffs were represented by the anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Read more