Celebrating Janus v. AFSCME One Year Anniversary

Celebrating Janus v. AFSCME One Year Anniversary

Celebrating Janus v. AFSCME One Year Anniversary

Thursday, June 27, marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Janus v. AFSCME. The Janus decision affirmed right-to-work protections for all public employees nationwide, meaning they are no longer forced to pay a union in order to keep their job.

But the ruling is meaningless if government workers don’t know about it – and the unions certainly aren’t going to tell them. The job falls on the Freedom Foundation, and we’ve made it our sole mission to inform every single public employee that they can leave their union and keep their money in their pockets.

We do this through a multi-pronged outreach campaign that includes government building visits, door-to-door home canvassing, direct mail, email, phone calls, billboards and the website www.optouttoday.com.

In just the first 12 months since the Janus decision, the Freedom Foundation has helped more than 50,000 people leave their unions up and down the West Coast. That means $40 million back in the pockets of workers and their families, and out of the unions’ radical political agenda.

The unions aren’t happy, and they fight us with personal attacks against our staff and board members, frivolous lawsuits, deceptive messaging campaigns and state legislation targeting our efforts.

This is how we know we are effective.

We’ve witnessed tremendous success in this first year, but rest assured the Freedom Foundation will continue to expand our work and lead this important fight.

Thank you for your support. Please stand with us.

Vice President of Communication and Federal Affairs
Ashley Varner brings a variety of public affairs experience and a tough skin to the Freedom Foundation team. Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Ashley spent many exciting, turbulent and wonderful years as a media spokesperson and state government liaison at the National Rifle Association. Following her tenure at the NRA, Ashley joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where she worked with state and local lawmakers across the country on a diverse set of policy and communications issues. A grassroots activist from a young age, Ashley joined her first of many political campaigns before graduating high school and organized protests across the street from her own professors at the University of Missouri. When not rabble-rousing against Big Government, Ashley enjoys cooking, mafia movies, and has seen most of the 1970s and 80s classic rock bands still on tour. She loves the Chiefs, hopes someday she can love her Mizzou Tigers again, and she was a Kansas City Royals fan and Patriot Act opponent before either was cool.