Troopers sue over union dues in Alaska
Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected.
According to a federal lawsuit, even though the five are non-union members, they still pay dues. The lawsuit states that employees who do not opt-out of the current system wind up paying full dues, including those that go toward political purposes. The lawsuit says employees must opt out annually, and the process is skewed in favor of the union, not the worker.
The defendants are the Public Safety Employees Association; the commissioners of the state departments of public safety and administration and the director of the state division of personnel and labor relations.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Law said the department had not received a copy of the complaint and could not immediately comment.