Freedom Foundation

Featured Litigation

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.



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: Evidentiary Hearing occurred in September 2017; parties are preparing to file post-hearing briefs; we expect a decision early in 2018.


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: Motion for Summary Judgment will be considered on November 17, 2017.



Freedom Foundation v. City of Portland, Case No. 17-cv-47399?

Court: Multnomah County (OR) Circuit Court

Description: Action to obtain names city workers represented by Laborers 483. The City first acknowledged these records were disclosable, and then bowed to union pressure and withheld the records from the Foundation.

Status: The City has provided the requested records. We are still litigating to ensure the City pays the legal costs we incurred to bring the suit.


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.