Maxford Nelsen is the Freedom Foundation’s Director of Labor Policy.
In this capacity, Max regularly testifies on labor issues before local governments and the state legislature. Max's research has formed the basis of several briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Max's work has been published in local newspapers around the country and in national outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Hill, National Review and the American Spectator. His work on labor policy issues has been featured in media outlets like the New York Times, Fox News and PBS News Hour. He is a frequent guest on local radio stations like 770 KTTH and 570 KVI.
From 2019-21, Max was a presidential appointee to the Federal Service Impasses Panel within the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which resolves contract negotiation disputes between federal agencies and labor unions.
Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation in 2013, Max worked for WashingtonVotes.org and the Washington Policy Center, and interned with the Heritage Foundation.
Max holds a labor relations certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated magna cum laude from Whitworth University with a bachelor's degree in political science. A Washington native, he lives in Olympia with his wife and sons.
The Trump administration today issued a final rule to stop states from skimming union dues and political contributions from payments to home caregivers serving Medicaid-eligible clients.
(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — The Washington State Senate today voted to approve House Bill 1575, a union-backed measure intended to kneecap …
Seattle’s new agreement with unions to protect them from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME contains many objectionable components, but does little that was not already either common practice or required by state law.
In a committee hearing in the Washington State Senate, union lobbyists struggle to explain double standards in legislation they support that would undermine Janus v. AFSCME.
The Washington State House of Representatives has passed HB 1575, a bill sought by government unions to help stem union membership losses and litigation stemming from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME and subsequent Freedom Foundation outreach to help public employees understand their rights.
The Freedom Foundation has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against SEIU 775 with the Public Employment Relations Commission on behalf a home caregiver who was illegally signed up for union membership over the phone.
In light of declining union membership among public-sector unions in Washington, legislation under consideration Olympia seeks to maximize unions’ dues-collection ability at the expense of public employees’ rights.
After a Freedom Foundation complaint, a political arm of the Service Employees International Union has agreed to pay $250,000 in fines and penalties for attempting to conceal nearly $9 million in campaign activity from Washington voters and its own members.
The Public Disclosure Commission has found the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 598 and 35 businesses employing its members violated state laws by deducting a portion of employees’ wages as contributions to the union’s political action committee without first obtaining proper authorization from the employees.