A group of Southern California lifeguards submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, requesting that Justices hear their case challenging a rule enforced by the state and union officials at the California Statewide Law Enforcement Agency.
The lifeguards claim that the union’s requirement forced them to remain union members and pay dues “against their will.” A “maintenance of membership” requirement stipulates that employees who are union members must remain members until the agreement forged between a labor union and employer expires.
Plaintiffs say they sent messages to resign from the union and end due authorizations in September 2019. Still, union officials allegedly denied the requests, according to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. The lifeguards claim they were told they could either remain full members until 2023 or be fired.