Aug 31 – Crains Cleaveland – State Employees in Ohio can now opt out of union dues at any time
Aug 31 – Newsweek – Anti-Masker Threatens to Sue Chipotle for Not Serving Him in Viral Video
Governments have also been sued by anti-mask advocates. The Freedom Foundation filed suit in July against Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman, alleging that the mandate for citizens to wear masks in public violates the First Amendment.
Aug 27 – RedState – Washington’s Governor Making Sacrificial Lambs of Those Who Violate His COVID Edicts
**The following editorial tells the story of Washington small business owners Burke and Robert Bordner, whom the Freedom Foundation is representing in a lawsuit against Governor Jay Inslee’s shut down order. At the bottom of this article is a commercial that began airing on cable television stations this week.**
Aug 26 – Newstalk 870 – Why Inconsistencies In Casino Vs. Water Park COVID Open-Closes?
After the Freedom Foundation released a powerful video in support of the Slidewaters Water Park in Chelan County, a growing number of persons are questioning the state’s decisions about COVID closures, Namely why some casinos and water parks are open, but Slidewaters and others are NOT. The video was released earlier this week, and appears to be going viral.
Aug 21 – RedState – Can we all agree it’s not ‘for the children’?
Now, America is six months into the pandemic, approaching the end of what kids used to refer to as “summer break,” and not only is there no solid plan for getting students back to the classroom, but the teachers’ unions are increasingly erecting roadblocks to returning to some semblance of normalcy.
Aug 21 – Washington Examiner – Labor Dept. must regulate ‘worker centers’
A new complaint filed with the Department of Labor by the Freedom Foundation and Center for Union Facts against Seattle-based labor group Working Washington provides an opportunity to apply federal regulations properly to these organizations.
Aug 20 – Las Vegas Review Journal – Editorial: Lawsuit seeks an end to restrictions on leaving union membership
This isn’t just an issue in Nevada. In December, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard a similar case involving government workers in Washington seeking to drop their union membership. In that case, filed by the Freedom Foundation, workers had only 10 days each year to opt out of the union.
Aug 20 – The Morning Sun – In Praise of Happy Warriors
How are such insults not considered prelude to incidents as occurred previously this month in Olympia, Wash., wherein a shot was fired into the free-market Freedom Foundation think tank?
Aug 19 – California Globe – Kamala Harris Embodies the Corrupt Marriage Between Labor and the Left
Businesses have been abandoning the state at an alarming pace for decades, incensed by its sky-high taxes, wacky social engineering, environmental excess, immigration policies, homelessness and sanctuary cities. But the stream became a flood this spring when the COVID-19 pandemic emboldened California’s political leaders to seize “emergency powers” they can exercise to create even greater chaos.
Aug 13 – The Center Square – Free-market think tank says Washington office targeted by shooting
The Freedom Foundation said they discovered what they described as a bullet hole in one of the building’s windows on Monday, August 3. The building was vacant at the time and no one was injured, according to a statement from the think tank.
Aug 6 – Washington Examiner – Protection racket
“Suddenly, the Left is actively holding police unions accountable by stripping them of their power,” said Aaron Withe, national director of the Freedom Foundation public policy institute. “If they want to go down this road, and maintain any credibility, they will have to go full bore and apply the same standard for every employee union.”
Aug 6 – National Legal and Policy Center – AFSCME Local in California Forgers Signature, Wins Court Dismissal
On June 15, a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rebuked an Orange County home care provider, Maria Quezambra, in her quest to recoup dues collected by the union via the State of California over six years despite clear evidence that someone at the union had forged her signature to establish membership. A week later, she filed an appeal. The larger issue, in light of the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, is the corrupt practice of government agencies allying themselves with the very unions with whom they bargain.
Aug 5 – Polk County Itemizer-Observer – Customers comply with mask orders (mostly)
However, in late July, the Freedom Foundation, a non-profit conservative group, filed a legal challenge with the Oregon State Court of Appeals against Gov. Kate Brown’s order on masks.
Aug 5 – Newstalk 870 – Parents react to area schools re-opening online
Frustration, anger, resentment, worry. Pick an emotion, and you see it being displayed by parents about area schools decisions to re open online. A close examination and reading of these show they’re involved and serious about their child’s education. From Tri-Cities to Touchet, from Connell to Kahlotus, they’re venting.
Aug 5 – California Globe – The Financial Power of California’s Government Unions
To get another glimpse of just how Sisyphean the task of identifying and tracking all of California’s public sector unions is, have a look at this website, put up by the Freedom Foundation. Scroll down this page and consider the following: Were all of these various Locals included in this analysis?
Aug 4 – Newstalk 870 – Working Washington Really a Union, Lawsuit Says
The Freedom Foundation, who have recently sued Gov. Inslee over COVID related issues, and are standing by the Chelan County Slidewaters waterpark operator in their fight over re opening, have now taken on a controversial work group.
Aug 4 – World News Group – Mask Mutiny
Freedom Foundation, a conservative advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Oregonians who said state officials exceeded their rule-making authority and violated free speech rights by requiring masks in public. The case cites people who have medical or psychological difficulties with wearing masks.
Aug 3 – Bloomberg Law – Business-Backed Groups Call for Worker Center Probe
The Freedom Foundation and the Center for Union Facts filed the complaint last week, urging DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards to investigate Working Washington, which has close ties to the Service Employees International Union.
Aug 3 – Labor Pains – CUF and Freedom Foundation Call for Investigation in Seattle-based Worker Center
Reported today by Bloomberg Law, the Center for Union Facts and the Freedom Foundation have filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards against union-backed labor group Working Washington.
Aug 2 – Spokesman Review – Guest Column – “Our Outrage is Genuine”
Freedom Foundation spokesperson Ashley Varner was quite correct in comparing Inslee’s actions to those of a tyrant. The fact that – for now, at least – we still have legal options doesn’t alter the fact that he’s making life-and-death decisions based on junk science and personal hubris, while taking it as a personal affront when his orders are defied.