The Fairness Center represents Brad Barlow, a Commonwealth employee who resigned from his union, SEIU, Local 668, on July 13, 2020. While Local 668 officials acknowledged his resignation letter, they said they would recognize him as a nonmember only after a ten-day waiting period. And union officials are requiring him to pay union dues for nearly an entire year, because he missed a union-imposed window to resign in 2020 by less than three weeks. Mr. Barlow is an income maintenance caseworker for the Department of Human Services, at the Schuylkill County Assistance Office. Although Mr. Barlow decided that he no longer wanted to be a union member or to financially support the union, the Commonwealth and the union continue taking dues from his paycheck. Mr. Barlow brings this lawsuit to vindicate his constitutional rights not to be forced to be associated with or to financially support a union.
Bradley Barlow v. Service Employees International Union, Local 668, et al.
This case was filed in Federal District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.