If you’ve been following closely, you already know that in December 2021, the Freedom Foundation helped more than 4,500 public employees end their union dues deductions following an extremely successful outreach campaign in more than a dozen states.
What you may not yet know is the amount of vitriol and spite that unions throw our way whenever we’re able to help their unhappy members leave.
OAPSE, the union for public school employees in Ohio, recently circulated a document asserting that the Freedom Foundation “has been known to harass employees on sidewalks and in parking lots at work,” and that our organization operates in Ohio for the sole purpose of destroying pay and benefits of all public employees.
What these accusations omit — in addition to a scintilla of proof — is the reality that we can’t force anyone out of their union. Our only power is the truth. But since we began sharing it with Ohio public employees two years ago, literally thousands of them have voluntarily opted out of union oppression.
Likewise in Connecticut, SEIU 1199 New England, a union that exists to siphon money away from home care aides who often neither have a traditional workplace or a boss (unless you count the loved ones with disabilities for whom they care), attacked the Freedom Foundation in a three-panel brochure.
Unions like OAPSE and SEIU continue to fiddle while their membership numbers burn. It’s easy to blame a scapegoat, but it’s hard to look in the mirror and address the real problem.
That’s OK. We’ll do it for them.