On July 15, 2020, in Creed v. Alaska State Employees Association/AFSCME Local 52, the District of Alaska dismissed claims by two former union members who alleged that their First Amendment rights were violated when their state employer deducted union membership dues that the plaintiffs themselves had agreed to pay in exchange for union membership rights and benefits. The court’s decision is consistent with a decision in late 2019 from a state superior court in Alaska enjoining the Governor from making unilateral radical changes to union member dues deduction practices for State employees, and adds to the list of more than 20 federal and state courts that have rejected similar claims brought against public sector unions by conservative advocacy organizations in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision in June 2018.
Altshuler Berzon LLP represented the union defendant in Creed and in many of those other cases. The order granting the motion to dismiss can be found here. Announcements about similar victories in other post-Janus cases can be found here, here and here.