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Maxford Nelsen

Maxford Nelsen

Director of Labor Policy

Maxford Nelsen is the Freedom Foundation’s Director of Labor Policy. His work primarily focuses on labor unions and collective bargaining as well as labor regulations like the minimum wage.

In this capacity, Max has testified on labor issues before numerous city councils and the state legislature.

Max's work has been published in local newspapers around the country and in national outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Hill and the American Spectator. His work on labor policy issues has been featured in media outlets like the New York Times, Fox News, PBS News Hour, and The Washington Examiner. He is a regular guest on local radio stations like 770 KTTH and 570 KVI.

Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Max worked for WashingtonVotes.org as a legislative analyst. He has also previously worked on the Washington Policy Center's development team, and has interned with the Heritage Foundation. Max is a Washington native and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Whitworth University.

Publications
Does Union Security Promote Labor Peace in Public Employment Relations?
Promises Made, Promises Broken: The Failure of Washington State's Minimum Wage Law
The Effect of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Policies: Reviewing the Evidence
Unfree Speech: Most Washington Unions Fund Political Campaigns with Compelled Dues
Unions Spent Big on Lobbying in 2014 Session
The 'Living Wage' Strategy for Unions (Capital Research Center)
SeaTac Unions Fail to Live Up to Employment Standards
Union Influence in the 2013 Legislature
SeaTac "Good Jobs" Initiative Would Hurt Workers and Businesses
Employee Freedom: A Public Employee's Guide to Opting Out of Union Membership

Op-Eds
SEIU's dues collection from home-care workers is illegal (Everett Herald)
Unions rely on flawed 'labor peace' argument in Friedrichs case (The Hill)
Mandatory Paid Sick Leave's ill Effects (Wall Street Journal)
No proof that higher minimum wage boosts economy (Tacoma News Tribune)
Taking Leave of Sickness (American Spectator)
Before raising taxes, cut wasteful expenditures (The Olympian)
Higher wage did not meet promises (Everett Herald)
Washington's Failed Minimum Wage Experiment (Forbes)
Mandatory paid sick leave: The wrong prescription for New Jersey (The Record)
'Living Wage' Law Are Union Lifesavers (Wall Street Journal)
Sick leave law needs second opinion (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Rethink paid sick-leave laws (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Sick day bill’s benefits aren’t as favorable as backers say (Sacramento Bee)
Does increasing the minimum wage stimulate the economy? (Seattle Times)
Why "$15 Now" Has Nothing to Do With Inflation, Productivity, or a Living Wage (Publicola)
Government unions oppose common-sense transparency (Smarter Government Washington)
Paid sick leave a drag on business (Connecticut Post)
Raising minimum wage a burden, not a benefit (Everett Herald)
Union workers coerced into political positions (Tacoma News Tribune)
A $15 Minimum Wage (American Spectator)
Why Unions Are Pushing SeaTac's Wage Initiative (Puget Sound Business Journal)
God and the Minimum Wage (American Spectator)
Open union-bargaining to the public (Seattle Times)
Reports cast doubt on effectiveness of Seattle's sick leave law (Crosscut)
Washington's workers derserve to know what rights they have (Tacoma News Tribune)
Why do taxpayers subsidize labor unions? (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Evergreen State College Should Replace Striking Workers (The Olympian)

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