Freedom Foundation

County Employees Respond in Big Numbers to Opt-Out Pitch

Last week, the Freedom Foundation reached out to a group of county workers we’ve never spoken to before, outside of canvassing inside their counties.

The message was simple: We wanted to inform them about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which allows them to cease their dues deduction and save hundreds of dollars every year.

On average, county workers in California pay between $600 – $900 every year.

While we’re used to public employees jumping at the chance to save some extra money given that, nationwide, more than 70,000 have been assisted by the Freedom Foundation to opt out of their union dues. Still, we didn’t expect such a large reaction.

In one single day, more than 65 county employees used our online resource,, to gain financial independence from their union. This equates to an average collective yearly saving of over $48,000, or $1.4 million over an average 30-year career for these employees.

While dozens more reached out to us over email and phone, and we expect this number to grow over the coming days, we couldn’t be happier that we helped so many.

Coming at a time in California when many are concerned about their financial future, especially with health scares and the stock market lurching wildly every day, there’s never been a better time to give yourself a raise.