Freedom Foundation

Statement On The Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision Not To Hear Arguments On Seattle’s Proposed Income Tax

“The Washington State Supreme Court today respected almost a century of case law — and the repeatedly expressed will of state residents — by slapping down the city of Seattle’s brazenly unconstitutional income tax proposal,” said Tom McCabe, CEO of the Freedom Foundation, which filed one of several...

Statement on PA Gov. Tom Wolf Stopping Pay for 9,000 State Employees

“One week ago, the Freedom Foundation called on Gov. Tom Wolf to give Pennsylvania public employees a break from union dues deductions from their paychecks,” said Hunter Tower, Freedom Foundation Pennsylvania Director. “Today he went even further by giving 10 percent of them a break from their...

Federal Lawsuit Exposes Union’s Little-Known Political Slush Fund

The sound of squealing you hear is public-sector unions — and, by extension, the politicians they buy and sell — being weaned off the teat of worker dues money. Despite a series of court rulings dating back nearly 45 years that ban the practice, too many government employees still mistakenly...

Federal reports show Washington unions continued to lose members in 2019

Reports filed this week with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by prominent government unions in Washington state show continued declines in membership following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME and ongoing efforts by the Freedom Foundation to help public employees...

Two More Forgery Lawsuits Filed Against SEIU 503

Public-sector unions in most of the country have largely been in denial for the past year and a half. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME ruled that mandatory membership and dues for government employees is a violation of their First Amendment rights, they’ve simply carried on as...

Under Freedom Foundation Pressure, Teamsters 117 Shutters Dues-Funded Political Fund

Originally Published on RedState.com While loathe to admit it, many government unions finance their extensive political operations with dues collected from members ostensibly for workplace representation. Thanks to the Freedom Foundation, however, members of Teamsters Local 117 now have less of...

Freedom Foundation Files Five Forgery Lawsuits Against Unions in Three States on One Day

Breaking the law once might be excusable, but breaking the same one a second time is clear evidence of contempt for authority. So imagine what it says about government employee unions on the West Coast that the Freedom Foundation has identified at least 12 cases where someone in the union forged a...

Statement by Freedom Foundation National Director Aaron Withe on Corona virus relief bill

“President Trump this afternoon signed a historic bill that provides much-needed relief to millions of American workers and businesses of all sizes. “Unfortunately, Democrats in both houses of Congress sought to exploit the misery of others just long enough to send a heaping helping of pork to...

“Just wanted to let you know that my Local 1 affiliate of AFMCE has honored my requested for my membership termination. I sent the letter you helped with to the Local 1 office and my County HR. My next pay check showed no dues and fees being deducted. I will let you know if they go back on this. Thanks for the help and keep up the good work.”

– Dennis

“I appreciate what you have done for me regarding the SEUI contract. I was overcharged every month, and I work so hard in order to pay my expenses every month.”

– Maria M

“I checked my online paystub and it does not show a deduction for union dues…Thank you, Rebecca and the other staff at the Freedom Foundation for facilitating this!”

– Kim

“I appreciate all the work that your organization has put into helping me get out of the union. “

– Alan

“Thank you very much, you guys are great. They are doing this to a lot of people. “

– 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

The Freedom Foundation was very helpful, and their guidance was intelligent. Thank you.

– Michael

I appreciate that your organization made the process easy for me. Thank you for the hard work of your team.

– Michelle

“Thank you. I appreciate your help since they never responded to me. “

– 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

“Happy to report that… I received a letter and a refund check from the union… Thanks for all your help!”

– 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

“Thank you very much for your website and for your help.“

– Joy

“Thank you for your support. I did finally receive a refund of 6 months of dues withheld by the union ... “

– Cathrine

“Cannot say thank you enough for what you all do to protect individual freedom!”

– David

“Thank you so much for you and the freedom foundation help. This is really a bad union. “

– Pat

Thank you all for what you are doing. It’s a very good service you provide.

– Stephanie

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

“Thank you for checking up on this. It’s nice to know someone is out there trying to make sure the right thing is done!”

– Debra

This is awesome!!!!! I truly appreciate all the help from you and everyone in your organization. I will definitely relay your info to anyone else that is looking to get out of these bully unions. Thank You again.

– 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

“Thank you for what your organization has done. It is a very valuable tool for us state workers.”

– 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

“Thank you for giving public employees a voice and for putting my best interests first. Your organization is appreciated and I’m very thankful.”

– 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

“Thank you for being the only resource out there for this kind of thing!”

– 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