Brian Minnich serves as the executive vice president for the Freedom Foundation.
Prior to starting a political consulting firm in 2011, Brian served for 19 years as the legislative affairs director for the Building Industry Association of Washington. Brian built the association’s legislative program into a powerhouse lobbying operation, which was recognized as the most aggressive and effective in the state. Before moving to Washington in 1991, Brian served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).
There are currently about 35,000 state-paid individual provider home-care aides (IPs) across Washington state, many caring for family members. Unfortunately, thousands of these caregivers are being exploited by an aggressive labor union they want nothing to do with.
Last Friday, on the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, The Hill newspaper published Freedom Foundation Labor Policy Director Max Nelsen’s article debunking the unions’ long standing myth that mandatory dues promotes labor “peace” — an argument the labor unions espouse as one of the reasons the Court should rule in favor of the union and against Friedrichs.
In its lead editorial this morning, the Wall Street Journal chronicled SEIU 925’s membership collapse in a piece headlined, “Dumping the Union Label. In Washington state, workers drop out when told that they can.”
SEIU recently sent this panicked email to home health care providers about the Freedom Foundation’s efforts to inform union members that they have freedom of choice when it comes to union membership — something SEIU doesn’t like their captive audience members to learn. SEIU’s attempts to demonize the Freedom Foundation is full of lies, misinformation and half truths.