The Fairness Center represents Donna Yanoski, a Commonwealth employee who resigned from her union, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania (“SEIU HCPA”), in October 2020. While SEIU HCPA officials acknowledged that Ms. Yanoski’s resignation made her a nonmember, the Commonwealth and union officials are requiring her to pay union dues until July 2020. And they are saying that requirement comes from a membership application they claim Ms. Yanoski signed, even though Ms. Yanoski alleges that an SEIU HCPA official typed her name onto the application without Ms. Yanoski signing or even seeing it. Ms. Yanoski is a registered nurse for the Department of Corrections, at SCI-Waymart in Wayne County. Although Ms. Yanoski decided that she no longer wanted to be a union member or to financially support the union, the Commonwealth and the union have taken union dues from her paychecks after her resignation. Ms. Yanoski brings this lawsuit to vindicate her constitutional rights not to be forced to be associated with or to financially support a union.
Donna Yanoski v. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania; Michael Newsome, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Office of Administration;
Brian T. Lyman, in his official capacities as Chief Accounting Office for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Deputy Secretary for the Office of Comptroller Operations.
This case was filed in Federal District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.