Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Community College Employees Who Want Out of Union

Imagine being trapped in an organization you didn’t support, subsidizing beliefs you don’t hold and paying dues every month for the privilege? Then imagine being told this situation would persist for at least another two years in direct violation of your constitutional rights.

That’s exactly the position Kristine Kurk and Dawn Woltkamp find themselves in — to hear their designated labor union tell it, that is.

Both women are community college employees in central California, and both bravely provided notice to their union, the Los Rios Classified Employee Association (LRCEA) of their intent to decline membership and dues payments. Their constitutional right to do just that — with no penalty — was affirmed in June of 2018 by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME.

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