The Fairness Center represents Wayne Wong, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) employee who resigned from his union, Transport Workers Union, Local 100, in June 2020. However, his resignation has been ignored while the MTA continues deducting union dues from his paycheck. A train operator for MTA, NYC Transit, Mr. Wong decided that he no longer wanted to be a union member, but union officials gave multiple, changing demands for what Mr. Wong had to do to resign his membership, including hand-delivering a resignation letter to the union office in NYC during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite Mr. Wong’s attempts to comply with union officials’ demands, neither the union nor the MTA have ever recognized him as a nonmember of the union. Mr. Wong brings this lawsuit to vindicate his constitutional rights not to be forced to be associated with or to financially support a union.
After Mr. Wong filed a federal lawsuit against MTA and the union, the union acknowledged that he is no longer a union member and refunded, with interest, all the dues taken since the date of his resignation.
“I couldn’t have asked for better representation. The Fairness Center did everything they could to protect me and my constitutional rights. They were totally superb.” – Wayne Wong
Wayne Wong v. Transport Workers Union, Local 100; Tony Utano, in his official capacity as the President of Transportation Workers Union, Local 100; Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Robert E. Foran, in his official capacity as the Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
This case was filed in Federal District Court in the Eastern District of New York.