An Ohio school bus driver is pursuing her First Amendment rights which have been stolen by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE). With free and confidential legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, she is pursuing justice and a return of her hard-earned dues.
School bus driver for the Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District, Donna Fizer, has filed a federal lawsuit against the OAPSE after union officials ordered the school district to seize union dues from her paycheck in violation of her First Amendment rights. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio with free legal aid from National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys.
. . . In September 2018 she notified school board officials that she was “immediately withdrawing [her union] membership” and exercising her rights under the Foundation-won Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision to cut off union dues deductions. Janus, which the High Court issued in June 2018, mandates that no public employee can be required to pay union fees as a condition of employment, and that union fees can only be collected from a public employee with an “affirmative and knowing” waiver of his or her First Amendment rights.
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