Freedom Foundation

Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

Congratulations, as Washington’s assistant attorneys general, you are now represented by a union.

There was no election to decide the question, and your voice was never heard.

Sadly, that’s what “democracy” looks like to the leaders of big government unions.

Some of your co-workers signed pledge cards, many of them in support of having an election, but that didn’t necessarily indicate how they would have voted. More than a few must have signed their pledge card simply believing it authorized an election on the issue.

It didn’t. Instead, those who signed the card were considered yes votes, and thus an election was deemed unnecessary.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and liberal politicians in Olympia — both controlled by the state’s powerful government unions — enthusiastically supported your unionization.

And they turned you into political pawns so that your dues money can be funneled into the pockets of the unions and their preferred politicians and causes in perpetuity.

As attorneys, do you question the ethics of such an arrangement?

Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME recognized the fundamental injustice of these kinds of arrangements and affirmed your right to decline to sign.

And you should strongly consider exercising that right considering the agreement used by the Washington Federation of State Employees includes “irrevocable” payment obligations that automatically roll over from year to year. And no one needs to tell you the importance of reading before you sign a financial contract with an entity that isn’t governed by the Consumer Protection Act.

If you have joined and change your mind about paying, you may easily produce a resignation letter asking for an end to dues deductions at