Bernard v. PEF


The Fairness Center represents Dolly Bernard, a New York State employee who resigned from her union, the Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO (“PEF”), in August 2020, but whose resignation has been ignored while New York officials continue deducting union dues from her paycheck. Ms. Bernard is a Contract Management Specialist for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Victim Services. She decided that she no longer wanted to be a union member, but the union and the state have not recognized her as a nonmember of the union nor have they stopped taking money from her paycheck. Ms. Bernard thus brings this lawsuit to vindicate her constitutional rights not to be forced to be associated with or to financially support a union.

Dolly Bernard v. The Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO; Michael N. Volforte, in his official capacity as Director of the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations; Thomas P. DiNapoli, in his official capacity as the New York State Comptroller.

This case was filed in Federal District Court in the Northern District of New York.

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