If you are a Maine state employee, or know anyone who is/was, you/they might qualify for a refund from the MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 and/or other labor unions... BUT it has become very obvious that the refunds will not just be handed out - you need to ask for one! In addition, if the union/PAC does refuse to issue a refund, a class action lawsuit might be needed to get what the workers are now entitled to receive.
FYI, here's a recent article on what the CT state workers are now doing on this front:
Conservative Group Demands State Union Refund Workers' Fees
“The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said Thursday it filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of two state employees to reclaim fees paid to the Service Employees International Union.”
“Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, said the date reflects a three-year statute of limitations.
“Certainly getting a few years back is something they’re entitled to,” he said.”
“Ryan O’Donnell, a Hartford labor relations lawyer, said he believes unions can be sued because they used the power of the state to deduct fees from employees’ paychecks.
He also cited a 1993 U.S. Supreme Court decision that rules of federal law “must be given full retroactive effect in all cases still open on direct review.”
The dispute between the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and SEIU “will make for fantastic legal theater,” he said.
“It should be scaring the daylights out of the unions,” O’Donnell said.”
Press release: https://www.nrtw.org/news/connecticut-state-employees-file-class-action-...
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