Following its success helping more than 60,000 public-sector employees on the West Coast leave their unions and stop paying dues, the Freedom Foundation is expanding its operations to the Midwest, beginning with Ohio, the group announced Wednesday.
“I’m excited to officially announce we are open for business in the state of Ohio,” said Aaron Withe, Freedom Foundation’s National Director. “Our mission is to limit the undue influence of government unions over our political system, and our full-scale campaign seeks to inform every single public employee of their right to opt out of union membership and cease paying union dues. We thank Senator Kristina Roegner for welcoming us to Ohio.”
Senator Roegner accompanied Withe and Freedom Foundation Ohio State Director Lindsey Queen for the announcement, held in the Ohio Statehouse Ladies’ Gallery.
“Personally, I think it will be interesting, as the Freedom Foundation shines a light on Ohio, to see what changes need to be made to ensure that we are in compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which at the end of June celebrated its one-year anniversary” said Senator Roegner. “Here in Ohio we believe that individual responsibility, hard work, competition and free markets drive prosperity in our Buckeye State.”
“I know for a fact that we are not the only ones standing in Ohio’s Statehouse who believe government union dues have been used to underhandedly influence the political processes across this country,” said Ohio state director Lindsey Queen. “Today, the Freedom Foundation is here to educate and empower Ohio’s public employees of their First Amendment right to say ‘no’ and to use their hard-earned money as they see fit. The time has come for the people to know they have a choice.”
Since the Janus ruling, the Freedom Foundation has been recognized as a national leader in assisting these workers, having helped more than 60,000 people across the country leave their union and stop paying dues – and returning more than $50 million annually back into the pockets of those who earned it.