Boaz Dillon works as a policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation Oregon office. His responsibilities include an array of policy research and reform efforts, primarily centered around labor relations, education and government transparency within the state of Oregon. He was born and raised in the Illinois Valley in southern Oregon. In May of 2018 he graduated with a bachelor’s of science from Corban University majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Psychology.
The Freedom Foundation had made public information requests for union-represented employee data for research and outreach purposes.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown allegedly created the position of the Oregon public records advocate to further transparency in Oregon government. And given the state’s well-deserved reputation for being anything but, it sounded like a good idea at the time.
During Oregon’s 2019 legislative session, the democratic supermajority introduced House Bill 2016 at the behest of public sector unions. H.B. 2016, dubbed the “union wish list bill”, aimed to prohibit the Freedom Foundation from conducting outreach to public employees
During his testimony, John Larson, president of the Oregon Education Association, pleaded with lawmakers to ensure the measure was passed in order to prevent the Freedom Foundation from being able to contact OEA’s members to inform them of the constitutional rights.
In Oregon, SEIU 503 recently negotiated its first contract with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services since the landmark 2018 U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Janus v. AFSCME that allows public employees to opt out of union dues and fees and still keep their job.
For years, unions have seen fast-food employees as an untouched cash cow from which to milk dues. The workers seem to union leaders like ideal targets of opportunity because fast-food employees typically are willing to trade relatively modest wages for the opportunity to get a foot in the door of the labor market.