Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME freed government employees from the necessity of financially supporting a union in order to keep their job.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the decision an “attack” on the union itself, going so far as to create a video for all the unions’ members — whom he must consider mindless — ordering them to disregard any and all communication they receive from the Freedom Foundation. Among his instructions:
- “If they contact you, report it”.
- “If you get one of their emails, delete it.”
- “If they call you, hang up.”
- “If they come to your door, slam it in their faces.”
What is AFSCME so afraid of? The numbers.
In only eight months since the Janus ruling was issued, the Freedom Foundation has helped nearly 45,000 government employees leave their union and stop paying dues to politically motivated union bosses.
Across California, Oregon and Washington state, the Freedom Foundation has effectively removed $36 million every year from labor union coffers. Forever.
That money will be used by families on the West Coast to buy groceries, pay their mortgage or cover unplanned medical expenses, instead of going to fund a political agenda.
Lee Saunders and AFSCME may call that an attack, but we call it freedom for more Americans.