After helping more than 66,000 government employees on the West Coast leave their unions and stop paying dues, the Freedom Foundation on Tuesday announced the opening of its second office in the Rust Belt — this time Pennsylvania.
The organization expanded into Ohio in October.
“I’m excited to announce we’re officially open for business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Aaron Withe, the Freedom Foundation’s national director. “The Freedom Foundation is singularly focused on helping free public-sector employees from union tyranny and limiting the undue influence of government unions over state policy.
“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,” he said. “We’re excited to get to work helping Pennsylvanians keep more of their money in their own pockets.”
In June 2018, the Supreme Court affirmed in Janus v. AFSCME that public-sector employees cannot be compelled to fund a designated labor union as a job requirement. Since the ruling, the Freedom Foundation has been recognized as a national leader in helping these workers opt out — often over the determined opposition of the union.
In addition to Pennsylvania and Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has offices in Washington, Oregon and California.