The Union Rainbow at the Legislature

The Union Rainbow at the Legislature

The Union Rainbow at the Legislature

Public employee unions are private organizations that collect money (typically in a compulsory arrangement) to advance the interests of government employees.
If you were a union official collecting millions of dollars to improve the welfare of government employees, what would your top priorities be?

• First would be to protect your privilege of collecting money.
• Second would be to expand the number of government workers paying dues.
• Third would be to increase government worker wages and perks.
• Fourth would be to lighten government employee workloads.
• Fifth would be to ensure government employees’ job security by preventing accountability.

After spending a great deal of time around the legislature this year, Max and I have observed advocates for these priorities. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being taken from workers’ paychecks, and spent to make sure Olympia lawmakers take action to increase costs, decrease services, and reduce accountability in our government.

Frequently busses bring in color-coordinated activists representing the self-interest of government employees to clamor for the union agenda. It is rather colorful, and we thought it would be enlightening to share some pictures with you.

A frequent sight in Olympia: the purple shirts of the Service Employees Union Interntional (SEIU)

Federation of State Employees (WFSE)

Washington Education Association (WEA) working to kill the employee evaluation bill

Public School Employees (PSE-SEIU) with their former Executive Director, now the Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Source: PSE Facebook)

The Union Rainbow

So who fights on behalf of citizens seeking quality government services? And who looks after the interest that all citizen have in accountability for those who are responsible for providing public services? And taxpayers seeking the best bang for the buck—who speaks for them?

The Freedom Foundation.

Jami Lund & Max Nelsen

 We are honored to be a voice of reason in the legislature this year.

Senior Policy Analyst
Jami Lund is the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst. From 2004 to 2011, he developed legislative policy as a research analyst for the Washington House Republican Caucus. Prior to that he worked for the Freedom Foundation as the Project Manager for the Teachers Paycheck Protection project, shepherding the development of the Foundation’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case to protect teacher rights. Jami is an accomplished speaker and researcher, one of Washington state’s top scholars on education policy and finance.