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Our firm has filed a wide variety of lawsuits for individuals who are both union and non-union members and for organizations seeking to push back on injuries caused by the actions of public-sector union officials. Our clients have exposed and ended union official corruption, held union officials accountable for unfair representation, defended themselves from forced membership and dues payments, pushed back on sexism, harassment, and retaliation, and much more. The following cases illustrate the types of problems we have solved for our clients. Select a case category below for more representative cases.

Hartford Teacher Fights DEI Discipline; holds union accountable

Grande v. HFT; Hartford Board of Ed.

NYPD Traffic Agent Fights Racial Harassment from Union Vice President

Seabron v. AFSCME, DC 37

Avraham Goldstein and five other City University of New York professors were outraged when their union issued a resolution they viewed as “anti-Israel” and “anti-Semitic.” Though these professors are no longer union members, New York law forces them to still accept the union’s representation.

John Grande won a huge victory at the state labor board when he filed charges against his union for refusing to represent him in a workplace grievance, securing rights for all Connecticut public employees. Now he is looking to hold school administrators accountable for the retaliatory investigation that began when he simply voiced his opinion.

Edward Seabron, an NYPD tow truck operator, was dissatisfied with his union’s representation and began exploring alternatives. That got the attention of his union’s first vice president, who unleashed a torrent of online abuse to intimidate Ed, including a fake picture of Ed shaking hands with someone in KKK robes on a union Facebook group.

Philly Firefighters File Class-Action Lawsuit Over Pension Concealment

Farrell & Viola v. IAFF, Local 22

Philadelphia Firefighters Joe Farrell and Pat Viola allege that union officials intentionally deprived rank-and-file firefighters of their full pension benefits. They suspect that union officials did this to preserve the opportunity to maximize pension benefits for themselves, and filed the lawsuit to uncover the truth.

Mark Kiddo and seven other Erie employees discovered that their union officials had concealed retirement options from them during contract negotiations. They sued to enforce their union’s duty to represent them fairly–and won.

Amber Welch became a union official to make positive change. But she resigned when the union refused to live up to its values. It took a lawsuit to force the union to acknowledge her resignation and refund dues she didn’t owe.

Union misled liquor store clerk, forced him into unwanted membership

Kabler v. UFCW, Local 1776

ICE officer seeks accountability from union facing corruption allegations

Collins v. AFGE

Corrections Officers Expose Corruption
Within PSCOA

Taylor v. PSCOA | Yedlosky v. PSCOA

John Kabler’s union told him he had to be a member or he’d lose his job. That simply wasn’t true. When John later tried to resign, the union refused. His lawsuit helped end resignation restrictions for himself and his colleagues.

Sage Collins and local ICE officers alleged union officials spent dues on tickets, strippers, and jewelry. The union “disclaimed” Sage’s bargaining unit, but he and other officers were still charged dues, which Sage seeks to recover.

Chris Taylor and Cory Yedlosky were concerned with how their union officials were spending membership dues. After doing their own audit, which was ignored, they discovered that thousands of dollars were misused. Now, six officials have been arrested and are facing felony theft charges.

Transportation employee battles sexism, self-dealing in Pa. union

McFetridge v. AFSCME, Council 13

‘Ghost Teachers’ exorcised from Pennsylvania school district

Ramos v. Allentown Education Association

Teachers win eight-year battle, apply Janus to Pennsylvania

Ladley v. PSEA

Mindy McFetridge uses her PTO to care for her sick daughter, but during the pandemic, a group of male union officials ignored seniority rules and kept themselves working, forcing her to exhaust her PTO. She seeks restitution.

In Allentown, teachers could leave the classroom and work full-time for the union while “earning” a teachers’ salary and benefits. Local taxpayers led by Steven Ramos challenged this practice and forced major reform.

Jane Ladley and Chris Meier objected to paying union fees on religious grounds. After eight years of litigation—and more than 40 media appearances—Jane and Chris won a unique judgment applying Janus to state law.

Avraham Goldstein and five other City University of New York professors were outraged when their union issued a resolution they viewed as “anti-Israel” and “anti-Semitic.” Though these professors are no longer union members, New York law forces them to still accept the union’s representation.

Hartford Teacher Fights DEI Discipline; Holds Union Accountable

Grande v. HFT; Hartford Board of Ed.

John Grande won a huge victory at the state labor board when he filed charges against his union for refusing to represent him in a workplace grievance, securing rights for all Connecticut public employees. Now he is looking to hold school administrators accountable for the retaliatory investigation that began when he simply voiced his opinion.

NYPD Traffic Agent Fights Racial Harassment from Union Vice President

Seabron v. AFSCME, DC 37

Edward Seabron, an NYPD tow truck operator, was dissatisfied with his union’s representation and began exploring alternatives. That got the attention of his union’s first vice president, who unleashed a torrent of online abuse to intimidate Ed, including a fake picture of Ed shaking hands with someone in KKK robes on a union Facebook group.

Philly Firefighters File Class-Action Lawsuit Over Pension Concealment

Farrell & Viola v. IAFF, Local 22

Philadelphia Firefighters Joe Farrell and Pat Viola allege that union officials intentionally deprived rank-and-file firefighters of their full pension benefits. They suspect that union officials did this to preserve the opportunity to maximize pension benefits for themselves, and filed the lawsuit to uncover the truth.

Mark Kiddo and seven other Erie employees discovered that their union officials had concealed retirement options from them during contract negotiations. They sued to enforce their union’s duty to represent them fairly–and won.

Amber Welch became a union official to make positive change. But she resigned when the union refused to live up to its values. It took a lawsuit to force the union to acknowledge her resignation and refund dues she didn’t owe.

Union misled liquor store clerk, forced him into unwanted membership

Kabler v. UFCW, Local 1776

John Kabler’s union told him he had to be a member or he’d lose his job. That simply wasn’t true. When John later tried to resign, the union refused. His lawsuit helped end resignation restrictions for himself and his colleagues.

ICE officer seeks accountability from union facing corruption allegations

Collins v. AFGE

Sage Collins and local ICE officers alleged union officials spent dues on tickets, strippers, and jewelry. The union “disclaimed” Sage’s bargaining unit, but he and other officers were still charged dues, which Sage seeks to recover.

Corrections Officers Expose Corruption
Within PSCOA

Taylor v. PSCOA | Yedlosky v. PSCOA

Chris Taylor and Cory Yedlosky were concerned with how their union officials were spending membership dues. After doing their own audit, which was ignored, they discovered that thousands of dollars were misused. Now, six officials have been arrested and are facing felony theft charges.

Transportation employee battles sexism, self-dealing in Pa. union

McFetridge v. AFSCME, Council 13

Mindy McFetridge uses her PTO to care for her sick daughter, but during the pandemic, a group of male union officials ignored seniority rules and kept themselves working, forcing her to exhaust her PTO. She seeks restitution.

‘Ghost Teachers’ exorcised from Pennsylvania school district

Ramos v. Allentown Education Association

In Allentown, teachers could leave the classroom and work full-time for the union while “earning” a teachers’ salary and benefits. Local taxpayers led by Steven Ramos challenged this practice and forced major reform.

Teachers win eight-year battle, apply Janus to Pennsylvania

Ladley v. PSEA

Jane Ladley and Chris Meier objected to paying union fees on religious grounds. After eight years of litigation—and more than 40 media appearances—Jane and Chris won a unique judgment applying Janus to state law.