Stories

  • Tammy Wessner

    Tammy Wessner is a psychiatric aide at Wernersville State Hospital. In 2018, she resigned her membership in 2018 after several years of researching how to get out of the union because she believes that the union does not represent her interests or beliefs. The union, however, refused to honor her resignation, never even bothering to respond to her resignation letter.

  • John Kabler Jr.

    Join the union, or lose your job. That was the ultimatum union officials delivered to John Kabler on his first day as a liquor store clerk. Kabler didn’t know it at the time, but that simply wasn’t true. Now, two years later, he wants his money back and out of the union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776 (UFCW).

  • Curtis Thompson

    Curtis Thompson seeks to have his union honor his resignation and to stop having union dues deducted from his wages against his will. Mr. Thompson is an education assistant at Eagle View Middle School in the Cumberland Valley School District. He was a union member but resigned his membership because he believes that the union no longer represented his interests or beliefs. 

  • Francisco Molina

    Francisco Molina worked as an aide and spanish translator in the children and youth services department for Lehigh County for 14 years. The SEIU refused to recognize Mr. Molina’s resignation in July 2018 and relied on an invalid SEIU membership card to extract dues from his paycheck. Although Mr. Molina no longer works in an SEIU-represented bargaining unit, he seeks a return of unconstitutionally collected dues.

  • Cheryl Spano Lonis

    Cheryl A. Spano Lonis resigned her union membership after reconnecting with her church and concluding that her religious beliefs precluded her membership in or financial support of the union and its activities. But for nearly three years, the union ignored her resignation and the State of Connecticut continued collecting full union dues from her wages.

  • Christine Arnone

    Public-sector union officials tasked with representing Mark and his co-workers concealed vital information from them, elevating AFSCME officials’ interests over the interests of the employees actually working for Erie Water Works. As a result, Mark and his coworkers ratified terms and conditions of employment that included lesser pay and benefits than what was offered by Erie Water Works.

  • Bitsy Galaska

    This summer the Supreme Court rendered a decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a case that could have an enormous impact for every government worker across Pennsylvania, including teachers like me.

  • Greg Hartnett

    As a public schoolteacher, hundreds of parents entrust Greg Hartnett to help their children achieve their potential. Thousands of taxpayers also rely on me to use their resources for the betterment of the next generation.

  • Mark Kiddo

    Public-sector union officials tasked with representing Mark and his co-workers concealed vital information from them, elevating AFSCME officials’ interests over the interests of the employees actually working for Erie Water Works. As a result, Mark and his coworkers ratified terms and conditions of employment that included lesser pay and benefits than what was offered by Erie Water Works.

  • Chris Meier

    Chris Meier, a father of three, currently teaches history and economics at Penn Manor High School in Lancaster County, where he has been employed for the last ten years. He is also a “bona fide religious objector” whose charity of choice has been arbitrarily rejected by the PSEA.

  • Joan Hordusky

    Public-sector union officials tasked with representing Mark and his co-workers concealed vital information from them, elevating AFSCME officials’ interests over the interests of the employees actually working for Erie Water Works. As a result, Mark and his coworkers ratified terms and conditions of employment that included lesser pay and benefits than what was offered by Erie Water Works.

  • Jane Ladley

    Jane Ladley is a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania public school system. She retired from Avon Grove School District in Chester County in 2014, not long after the district went “agency shop,” requiring all teachers to either join the teachers unions or pay a lesser “fair share fee.”

  • Dave & Don

    Dave Smith of Phoenixville, age 59, copes with muscular dystrophy which has confined him to a wheelchair since the age of 11. Don has been indispensable to him. “Don’s really been my arms and legs for 25 years,” Dave says.

  • Madelyn Groover

    Public-sector union officials tasked with representing Mark and his co-workers concealed vital information from them, elevating AFSCME officials’ interests over the interests of the employees actually working for Erie Water Works. As a result, Mark and his coworkers ratified terms and conditions of employment that included lesser pay and benefits than what was offered by Erie Water Works.