Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to the Freedom Foundation’s outreach efforts, July is beginning to look like a spectacular month for Ohio government workers who choose to opt out of their unions.
And it’s only going to get better.
Beginning July 13, the Freedom Foundation is launching an unprecedented media campaign to help educate workers about their First Amendment right to opt out of union membership and dues.
In central Ohio, where the majority of our unionized public employees live and work, you just can’t miss our message.
From billboards, radio, TV and even streaming services, the Freedom Foundation is spreading the word to millions of Ohioans. TV and streaming ads include stories from two former union members who’ve chosen to leave their union with the help of our organization.
Dean, who has served as a corrections officer for more than 23 years, shares how he was forced to join a union but chose to leave after he learned about the rights affirmed under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. Dean’s ad shares how the value he once saw in being a union member deteriorated to the point where he no longer saw any benefit.
A second ad that will be airing in homes across central Ohio covers a story about a teacher named Kate Bowers. Kate has worked as a teacher for more than 18 years and when she learned about her unions spending on causes and agendas she did not agree with, she felt like the very voice her union was supposed to be protecting was taken away. When Kate learned about her First Amendment right to opt out of her union she left.
Outreach may be restricted during this time, but the Freedom Foundation has adapted its approach. Now more than ever before, workers need to be informed about their right to leave their unions. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to expand our messaging beyond mail, email, text messaging and phone calling.
We are here to bring extraordinary change to the Buckeye State and elevating our message of freedom at this unprecedented level will have tremendous results. But more importantly, it will protect workers and families from the unethical grips of the insatiable third-party businesses that call themselves unions.