Freedom Foundation

Two Years Ago Public Employees were Granted Freedom and Today Ohioans are Beginning to Hear It

Two years ago, on June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court told Mark Janus he no longer had to join a union or pay dues or fees to one in order to keep his job as a child support specialist for the state of Illinois.

New Filing in Election Law Case Reveals Our Oregon’s Hypocrisy

In an ironic gaffe, new documents filed by Our Oregon in U.S. District Court assert the union-backed nonprofit seeks to protect Oregon election laws by breaking them.

The Butterfly Effect of Janus v AFSCME on Two-Year Anniversary Offers California Hope Amid the Chaos

As Americans grapple with a pandemic, economic collapse and riots, it seems an appropriate time to revisit a tenant of Chaos Theory — the so-called Butterfly Effect.

Freedom Foundation Sues San Bernardino County Over Information Request Denial

Under California’s Public Records Act, public agencies have an obligation to honor every document request unless there is a specific exemption in state law for the information being sought. And the burden of proof is on the agency to justify any refusal to comply.

NEA responds to fewer members by raising dues (again)

In its newly released strategic plan and budget proposal, the National Education Association (NEA) predicts it will lose roughly 128,000 members over the next two years.

Who’s from Pluto Now, Gov?

In May, a Freedom Foundation report exposed Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Department of Health for inflating the numbers of deaths attributed to COVID-19 by as much as 13 percent.

In a Blow to Government Unions, Blaine Amendments Struck Down

In an opinion delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down so-called Blaine Amendments present in many state laws and constitutions, including the Oregon Constitution.

Freedom Foundation seeks restraining order on behalf of Slidewaters

The battle may have been lost, but the war is not over. Shortly after having been denied a temporary restraining order (TRO) in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Washington, Freedom Foundation attorneys last week filed for a preliminary injunction on behalf of Slidewaters LLC, a Lake Chelan...

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– Victoria

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– Stephanie

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– Maria M

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– Kim

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– Alan

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– Pat

“I received a direct deposit from [my union] for 2 months of union dues, and on my [recent] check they did not take out the union dues…thank you so much for your help in this matter. I really appreciate you!! “

– Janet

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– Michael

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– Michelle

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– Tami

“You and the foundation have been beyond helpful and supportive and were the only ones that were there when each of us hit a dead end in trying to opt out. “

– Jeremy

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– Arturo

“Thank you Maxford! That was exactly what I was concerned about. I really appreciate what your organization is doing, and I wish more of my coworkers were willing to opt out. We've had some unheard of legal arguments happening lately and it all seems to be "money driven". So, I feel now I've taken my horse out of that race, and they can fight over everyone else's money. Personally, I'm investing mine dues and should have an extra $10k in my retirement account. Much appreciated!”

– Jennifer Corfee

You and the Freedom Foundation “Rock!”, Rebecca. Thank you for your help and guidance.

– David

“Keep up the great work. I received both the email and mailer to opt-out of the union; however I had already done so. Your work is the first I had seen noting the option to opt-out. Of course, the unions nor the State made any effort to notify employees of the option.”

– Darla, State Employee

“I am a junior high teacher in California. I want to thank you for your website and the information I gleaned from it. I have decided to leave the teacher’s union due to ideological differences, and have discovered The Association of American Educators. I am very grateful. Keep up the good work!

— Jamie

“Your website is great and so easy to navigate. Thank you for the help in this process and following up. I appreciate it greatly.”

– Teresa

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– Debra

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– Luis

Dues have ceased and I’m ecstatic. I am grateful for your advocacy regarding this issue.

– Lynn

Thank you for following up regarding my election to opt out of union dues. The Freedom Foundation website did assist me in generating a letter to opt out and it was so easy to access and resulted in success.

– Richard

My district and local union did honor my request to opt out right away. What helped was using the forms provided by your website. Thank you so much for your support!

– Claudia

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– Robert

“Thank you for the work that your group is doing. Furthermore, thank you for making the process easy, you are helping many public employees and I know we all appreciate your dedication.”

– Jay

“The union was taking about $80 out of my paycheck every month, until your organization helped me get my money back and stop these deductions. Thank you so much.”

– Jenny

“I applied to get out of the union and I haven't paid dues since. It has been, to date, the biggest raise that the union has ever gotten for me. Thank you All!”

– Michael

“I’d like to thank you for creating a system that allowed me to collect more of my paycheck and to free me from supporting the union and what it chooses to do with my money.”

–Steven

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– Evelyn

“Thank you for all your help. I appreciate your time, effort and understanding through the process of opting out of my union. Freedom Foundation equals hope and I’m grateful you are here for us who want to fight for justice…”

– Beth

Thank you for following up. They processed the form and I no longer have dues being withdrawn. I really appreciate the ease of the process with the support of the Freedom Foundation. Way to go.

– Joey

Thanks for the follow up. I wish I had known about you guys 20 years ago. You guys are fantastic.

– Joel

Thank you for the work of the Freedom Foundation and following up on the status of my opt out.

– Dan

“People would not answer my questions about opting out within my work place, then I found your website, it’s fantastic. Thank you so much for your help and for what you do.”

– Dee

“Thank you for your assistance throughout this matter. Keep up the great work and continuing to spread the word about the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case.”

– Miguel

“Thank you for providing education on this topic and offering this free service.”

– Genevieve

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– John

“I would like to share my sincere thanks to the Freedom Foundation for providing information on how to withdraw from the union and stop the payroll deduction for union dues.”

– Michelle

“Thank you very much. Unions have outlasted their worth, I’m tired of being bullied into contracts that don’t represent my values. I really appreciate what your group is doing.”

– Austin

“Dues are no longer being taken from my paycheck. Thank you for your help with this! Information about the Janus decision is not easy to find where I work. I wouldn't have known what to do without the opt out email.”

- Gillian

“I appreciate your time and efforts to help people like myself who have been fair share fee objectors over the years and are grateful for this opportunity to further reduce the financial contribution to a political agenda I do not support.”

– Jennifer

“I’m incredibly grateful for your organization’s guidance throughout this process. You’ve enabled me to receive my $700 back each year and spend it on my own desires not the unions”.

– Elizabeth

“Thank you for helping me in opting out of paying union dues. I couldn’t figure out how to do it on my own before I found your website.”

– Abigail