As we’ve seen time and again, a public employee can ask his or her union to stop deducting dues until they’re blue in the face and nothing will happen. But the moment the Freedom Foundation gets involved, the union does everything possible to stop deductions.
This is exactly what happened this month for homecare provider Cindy Dickinson when the Freedom Foundation filed for a temporary restraining order on her behalf to have the state of Washington cease the deduction of dues from her paycheck.
The Freedom Foundation stepped in because she’d sought for months to have her deductions stopped. Calls, emails, and mail, Cindy had tried it all, but to no avail.
Yet overnight, and immediately following notice of the pending restraining order hearing, SEIU 775 contacted the state and had it cease the deduction of dues from Cindy’s paycheck.
It’s incredible how fast unions can work to benefit the employees they represent when they’re about to be asked to explain to a judge why they haven’t been.
Cindy Dickinson’s fight isn’t over, unfortunately. The Freedom Foundation on behalf of Ms. Dickinson, and another homecare provider, have brought suit in Thurston County against the union for violating its fiduciary duties.
You can read our press release on that suit here.