An account clerk at Inver Hills Community College is suing the AFSCME state employee union, claiming she was pressured into signing a union membership card in violation of a recent U-S Supreme Court ruling. Attorney Daniel Suhr says his client, Susan Halloran, was not told her options. “If it’s going to be a truly free choice, then it has to be an informed choice,” Suhr says. “You have to have basic information about what your rights are and what your dues will be.”
Suhr says shortly after his client signed the union card on a computer tablet, she told the union she did not want to be a member or pay dues, but they said she was locked in for a year. The AFSCME union declined comment. Officials at the state college and university system, also named in the lawsuit, were not immediately reachable.