Facing a Class-Action Lawsuit

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lexology 2A class-action lawsuit against SEIU has been filed, and a federal judge just certified a class of 34,000 non-union public employees who are required to opt of paying for political activities every year if they wish not to fund SEIU’s liberal agenda.

A federal judge for the Eastern District of California certified a class of 34,000 nonunion California civil servants challenging the SEIU’s practice of deducting money for political activities from employees’ wages unless they annually opt out. The workers claim that being required to annually opt out of these automatic withdrawals, creates an unconstitutional default option. The named plaintiffs claim the opt­out information is confusing and the process itself is cumbersome. The suit seeks an injunction against the union’s current opt­out procedures and repayment of past charges for political expenses. Kourosh Kenneth Hamidi, et al. v. SEIU Local 1000 et al.