Jeff is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in journalism. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a broadcast journalist and has worked at a number of newspapers in West Virginia and Washington.
Most recently, he spent 11 years as editor of the Port Orchard (Wash.) Independent, which earned the 2011 Washington Newspaper Publishers’ Association’s General Excellence Award as the top community newspaper in Washington.
Previously, he was editor of the Business Examiner newspaper in Tacoma, Wash., for seven years.
Jeff lives in Lacey; he and his wife have grown twin daughters.
Last Friday, Freedom Foundation Oregon Outreach Coordinator Jason Dudash urged attendees of the Salem YMCA’s Youth & Government banquet to apply the lessons he’s learned during a career in politics and his recent successes battling the state’s public-sector unions to their own daily struggles.
West coast labor leaders — that is, the ones who haven’t mysteriously retired, been forced into academia or consultant positions, abruptly stepped down or simply decided to spend more time with their kids rather than battle the Freedom Foundation — continue to dismiss any suggestion their members might be anything less than fully committed to the cause.
On the one hand, if not for the organization’s efforts to inform home-based family child care providers represented by SEIU 925 about the 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn that recognized their right to opt out of all union dues and fees, Cook might still be the union’s president.
The war to curb the excesses of public-sector unions has witnessed two cataclysmic events in the past year. First, the U.S. Supreme Court, fortified by the addition of a new conservative justice labor leaders could never in their worst nightmares have anticipated, this summer issued its long-awaited ruling in Janus v. AFSCME eliminating the burden mandatory dues or fees for millions of government employees across the country.
It’s obvious now why union leaders — all of them, seemingly — have declined numerous requests dating back several years to debate the issue of compulsory dues with a representative of the Freedom Foundation.
In the ongoing struggle against the “gangster-like” tactics of the political Left, Dinesh D’Souza relishes warriors who aren’t afraid to occasionally play by the same rules and with the same passion.
Susan, the wife of Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe, responded to NWAP’s most recent mail and telephone slander campaign by fighting fire with fire.
SEIU 775’s most recent legal humiliation, being forced to finally concede that workers who never joined the union in the first place cannot be forced to pay dues, is an embarrassment for more than just the union itself.