Ashley Varner brings a variety of public affairs experience and a tough skin to the Freedom Foundation team.
Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Ashley spent many exciting, turbulent and wonderful years as a media spokesperson and state government liaison at the National Rifle Association. Following her tenure at the NRA, Ashley joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where she worked with state and local lawmakers across the country on a diverse set of policy and communications issues.
A grassroots activist from a young age, Ashley joined her first of many political campaigns before graduating high school and organized protests across the street from her own professors at the University of Missouri. When not rabble-rousing against Big Government, Ashley enjoys cooking, mafia movies, and has seen most of the 1970s and 80s classic rock bands still on tour. She loves the Chiefs, hopes someday she can love her Mizzou Tigers again, and she was a Kansas City Royals fan and Patriot Act opponent before either was cool.
A class-action lawsuit filed on July 11 by a group of California In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) providers will test whether or not a bitterly contested 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling rendered the membership card of virtually every unionized public-sector worker in the country invalid.
Thursday, June 27, marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Janus v. AFSCME. The Janus decision affirmed right-to-work protections for all public employees nationwide, meaning they are no longer forced to pay a union in order to keep their job.
The Freedom Foundation is directly responsible for more than 50,000 people leaving their unions on the West Coast during the past nine months. That means tens of millions of dollars – every year – that won’t go to unions to be spent on their destructive political agenda.
AFSCME 75’s plan to reward union loyalty rather than workplace seniority for Oregon State Corrections workers is both illegal and unconstitutional, and the Freedom Foundation is poised to take legal action if union officials sign a collective bargaining agreement with these provisions.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the decision an “attack” on the union itself, going so far as to create a video for all the unions’ members — whom he must consider mindless — ordering them to disregard any and all communication they receive from the Freedom Foundation.
Freedom Foundation joined a coalition letter to Congressional leadership urging them to reject H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People Act”, as it would have a deep chilling effect on free speech in America.