- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A libertarian group from Washington state has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon and a public-employee union.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1fc2Zk5 ) that the lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of a home-care worker from Bend. The suit alleges the worker’s rights were violated when the Service Employees International Union deducted “fair-share” fees from his paycheck. It also challenges the union’s designation as the exclusive bargaining representative for home-care workers.

SEIU director Heather Conroy says the union doesn’t force people to join or pay membership dues. She says Freedom Foundation is trying to bring in a “cookie-cutter” anti-union agenda from other states.

SEIU is one of Oregon’s most powerful political groups. It contributes millions to Democrats and liberal ballot measures.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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