Freedom Foundation

Featured Litigation

Boardman: Striking down union-backed initiative to restore workers’ speech, association, and equal protection rights

Case Name: Bradley Boardman, et al. v. Inslee, et al., Case No. 3:17-cv-05255 BHS

Court: U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Description: SEIU 775 and SEIU 925 teamed up to create and finance a statewide ballot measure to stop the Foundation from communicating with in-home caregivers and childcare providers about their constitutional rights. The unions spent nearly $2 million to make I-1501 law. The Foundation is challenging I-1501 in federal court as an assault on the Foundation’s First Amendment speech and workers’ First Amendment rights.

Status: We are obtaining and reviewing discovery from the State of Washington and the Pro I-1501 Campaign.

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Lincoln County: vindicating local governments’ right to institute transparent collective bargaining

Case: Lincoln County v. Teamsters Local 690, Case No. 128815-U-17

Administrative Agency: PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission)

Description: After Lincoln county passed the first-in-the-state Resolution declaring public employee union contract negotiations open to the public, the Teamsters sued the County before PERC. PERC threw out that Complaint. After negotiating in one open session with the County, the union returned but walked out after the one and only member of the public who was present at the meeting refused to leave the meeting. The County has filed its own Complaint against the Teamsters because the union has refused to bargain.

Status: On April 3, 2018, the PERC Hearing Examiner issued a ruling that both Teamsters Local 690 and Lincoln County refused to bargain with one another. This counter-factual and legally mystifying ruling is currently being appealed to the full Public Employment Relations Commission.

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Burke: Invalidating Seattle’s illegal income tax and restoring the rule of law

Case: Burke, et al. v. City of Seattle, Case No. 17-2-18848-4

Court: King County Superior Court

Description: Seattle’s City Council adopted a graduated income tax it knows is unconstitutional and illegal. We represent 17 Seattleites who seek to strike down the tax because it violates state law, the City Charter, and the State Constitution.

Status: Our Motion for Summary Judgment was granted, and the King County Superior Court struck down the Seattle Income Tax Ordinance on November 22, 2017. The case is now on appeal. The City has asked for direct review by the Washington Supreme Court. If it does not accept direct review, the appeal will be heard by the intermediate Court of Appeals.

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Entwistle: freeing hundreds of Oregon caregivers from SEIU

Case: Entwistle v. Governor Brown, et al., No. 6:18-cv-00053-AA

Court: U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Description: Federal civil rights action representing 14 Oregon caregivers who have attempted from months (in some cases, over a year) to opt-out of union membership in SEIU 503 and compulsory union dues payments. The union has simply ignored their requests, until now. This case seeks to enforce caregivers’ rights set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Harris v. Quinn, and compel SEIU to honor their rights to leave the union.

Status: After the case was filed, SEIU 503 stopped deducting dues from all of the named plaintiffs but refused to stop illegally ignoring hundreds of other provider requests to opt-out. Our plaintiffs decided to proceed as a class action to obtain a declaratory judgment and injunction against the union and rectify this illegal behavior once and for all.

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DaRe: protecting California caregiver’s right exercise her constitutional rights

Case: Marie DaRe v. United Domestic Workers AFSCME Local 3930, et al., Case No. 8:17-cv-01115

Court: U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Description: Union unlawfully refused to allow an in-home caregiver to opt out of union membership and dues payments.

Status: the Union allowed DaRe to opt out, reimbursed her for the dues wrongfully taken, and paid her attorneys’ fees.

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