D'Agostino v. Baker, No. 15-1433 (1st Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Appellants in this case were family child care providers who were considered public employees for purposes of the statute authorizing employees in public service to organize for collective bargaining. A majority of the class of such providers as Appellants chose Service Employees International Union, Local 509 as their exclusive agent for bargaining collectively with the Department of Early Education and Care. No provider was required to become a Union member or to contribute money to the Union for any purpose. Appellants declined to join the Union. Appellants subsequently brought this action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 challenging the statutory scheme that authorizes the selection of an exclusive bargaining agent to “agree on terms that affect their relationships with their clients and the government.” The district court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim. The First Circuit affirmed based on established precedent, holding that Appellants were free from enforced association with the Union.