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JUDGE RULES THAT REDSKIN PLAYERS DON'T HAVE TO PAY DUES
Published November 9, 1994
VA Circuit Court Judge Thomas Horne ruled yesterday that the NFLPA cannot force Redskins players to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Horne concluded that the players were protected under VA's right to work law because they reside in the state and spend most of their time working at the team's VA training site. The NFLPA had argued that the Redskins players should be covered under DC labor laws and therefore, the players should be forced to adhere to the DC laws and pay their union dues. NFLPA attorney Richard Berthelsen said that the union will appeal Horne's decision to the VA Supreme Court. Earlier this year, the NFLPA appealed a similar case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 11/9).