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State Employees Sue Ohio, Unions Over Mandatory Dues

People gather at the Supreme Court awaiting a decision in an Illinois union dues case, Janus vs. AFSCME, in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite
Associated Press

Five state employees have filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming their rights have been violated by being required to pay union dues.

Four employees with the Ohio Department of Transportation and one with the Ohio Department of Public Safety have filed suit against two labor unions, Gov. Mike DeWine and Department of Administrative Services Director Matt Damschroder.

Patrick Semmens with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation says it is unconstitutional to require the workers to pay union dues.

“The Supreme Court in the 2018 Janus decision said union dues must not be mandatory and workers must opt in and consent to them," Semmens says.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dave Yost says he does not have a comment at this time.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.