The Fairness Center represents Tammy C. Wessner, a psychiatric aide at Wernersville State Hospital. Years ago, Ms. Wessner was asked to, and did, sign a card that made her a member of AFSCME, Council 13. But in 2018, she resigned her membership 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.
Ms. Wessner brings this lawsuit to establish that the union cannot force her to remain a union member. She contends in this lawsuit that the union’s failure to honor her resignation violates her constitutional rights to freedom of speech and association.