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.
This summer, after the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of unions and against the wishes of childcare providers, Freedom Foundation appealed to the Supreme Court. This video provides an overview.
Democrats in Congress are proposing a massive giveaway to unions they’re calling the “Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.” But a more accurate title would be the “Throw the Unions a Bone Because They’re Being Curb-Stomped Act.”
After fighting for nearly three years to hold government unions accountable to taxpayers, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners marked the day after Labor Day by filing an appeal to ensure open and transparent contract negotiations with the unions representing the community’s public employees.
Freedom Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) celebration, joining a coalition of organizations across the country committed to employee freedom.
SEIU has all too often resorted to unfair labor practice strikes, many of which involve fast-food chains, as the leader in the Fight for $15 movement. But in May, SEIU’s own employees filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming the union wasn’t acting in good faith.
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.