A group of current and former teachers has filed a lawsuit in federal court against NEA-Alaska, the Matanuska-Susitna Education Association, the Mat-Su Borough School District, and the Alaska Labor Relations Board, over union dues and union activities citing the brand new US Supreme Court case Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018).
The Plaintiffs – Tracy Crockett, Kathryn McCollum, David Nees, Carol Carman, Dolores McKee, and Donn Liston – claim that teachers should not have been forced to join a teachers’ union or pay union dues or “agency fees.” They are seeking a refund of past monies paid. (The MSBSD has already permanently stopped collecting compulsory public employee fair-share fees.) They also make various claims re: collective bargaining.
The class action lawsuit was filed on August 2, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska.
The initial Complaint:
The Union defendants’ Motion to Dismiss:
The Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint:
Various other motions have been filed in the case, which is ongoing.