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April 4- Wall Street Journal – The SEIU as ‘Infrastructure’

Many home-care workers are family members or hired by families. But since Medicaid pays for home care, Democratic states have deemed them public employees and designated the SEIU as their exclusive representative for collective bargaining. The union then bargains with the same politicians the union supports in elections to deduct member dues automatically from home-worker Medicaid payments.

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April 2- RedState – Somebody Had to Do It: Parents Sue LA Unified School District, United Teachers of Los Angeles for Personal Injury

Timothy Snowball, an attorney for the four plaintiffs, said in an interview Wednesday, March 31, that UTLA used students as a “bargaining chip” by refusing to have its members return to campuses sooner in order to try and advance the union’s own agenda

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April 1- Daily Caller -Kids Became Suicidal, Clinically Obese Because Of School Closures, Suit Says

The lawsuit cites numerous studies and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidances that show reopening schools did not lead to increase COVID-19 cases. The CDC issued guidance in February stating that schools can reopen so long as certain precautions are in place.

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April 1- Fox News – LA teachers union, school district sued by parents claiming closures cause ‘personal injury’ to kids

Los Angeles parents are suing the local school district and teachers union for continuing school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that students have suffered academically and emotionally as a result.

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April 1- National Review – Big Labor’s Brazen Defiance of the Janus Ruling

True fulfillment of the landmark court decision might take years, but conservatives are up to the fight.

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Mar 31- Headline USA -Parents Sue LA Schools, Teachers Union for Making Their Kids Depressed & Suicidal

‘They have a legal and moral obligation to act in the best interests of these young people. Instead, they’ve become pawns in an unconscionable game of political chicken…’

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Mar 31- Los Angeles Daily News -LAUSD, UTLA sued by parents unhappy with school reopening efforts

Lawsuit alleges district breached its duty to act in best interest of students by allowing teachers union to set agenda

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Mar 31- California Globe – Parents Sue LA Teachers Union and LAUSD for Personal Injury to Kids for Continuing School Closures

Subsequent research now shows that allowing face-to-face instruction does not present a risk to either the children or the community, and school closures should be a last resort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Mar 30- KTVZ – C. Oregon ODOT worker sues union over dues, invokes Racketeering Act

“Nor is hers the first instance of the union clearly forging a signature on a membership form so it could continue to confiscate dues from a worker who no longer wanted to pay,” the Freedom Foundation said in a news release Tuesday.

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Mar 26- Politico – ‘Bellwether’ for unions: Amazon battle could transform Biden’s labor revival

“There are definitely concerted, planned, well-financed campaigns by major labor unions to come in from the outside and organize new, high-profile workplaces, and the Amazon campaign is a great example of that,” said Maxford Nelsen, director of labor policy at the Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit that’s critical of unions. “And employees are in the middle of trying to pick between the two sides.”

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Mar 25- National Review – The Unions Are Hemorrhaging Members. Thanks, Janus

The 2020 cycle’s figures are radically reduced: The SEIU expenditures were down to $2.5 million, while the teachers’ union proved a shadow of its former self, with an expenditure of only $686,000.

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Mar 24- RedState – LA Teacher Sues UTLA, Says Demand to Defund Police Was the Last Straw

Defunding law enforcement was only one of several outrageous conditions UTLA claimed the school district would have to meet before its members would agree to resume in-school instruction.

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Mar 23- The Sacramento Bee – California Teacher Sues Union Over Push to ‘Defund the Police’

“Under this proposal, the government is weighing in on the outcomes. It decides what terms are negotiated and decided,” said Maxford Nelsen, Director of Labor Policy at the Freedom Foundation.

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Mar 21- The Washington Times – ‘I’m speaking for a lot of teachers’: Educator sues union that defunded police

The union, however, was reluctant to let him go, and now Mr. Laird is fighting the organization in federal court. He is represented by lawyers from the conservative Freedom Foundation.

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Mar 20- NTD – California Teacher Sues Union Over Push to ‘Defund the Police’

“I couldn’t in good conscience be a member and pay dues, knowing my money was supporting an anti-police agenda,” Laird said in a video statement.

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Mar 19- Fox News – CA teacher sues union over defund police ‘rhetoric’: ‘Not what we should be doing’

The teacher said he was concerned for campus safety after a former student was shot and killed

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Mar 17- Daily Caller – California Teacher Sues Union Over Call To Defund The Police

“I couldn’t, in good conscience, be a member and pay dues knowing that my money was supporting an anti-police agenda,” Laird said.

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Mar 17- The Washington Free Beacon – California Teacher Sues Union Over Push to Defund School Police

“We don’t believe the ‘escape window’ would be constitutional under any circumstances,” said Freedom Foundation CEO Aaron Withe. “But it’s even more unenforceable if the worker clearly did not agree to be bound by it in the first place.”

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Mar 15- King 5 – Supporters, critics continue to battle over proposed capital gains tax in Washington

Opponents included Freedom Foundation Director of Labor Policy, Maxford Nelson. “We believe this capital gains tax is unnecessary, punitive, and unconstitutional,” said Nelson.

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Mar 12- The Daily Wire – The Democrats ‘PRO Act’ Is The Most Anti-Worker Piece Of Legislation In A Generation

This week, the Democrats solidified their devotion to Big Labor by passing the most pro-labor, anti-worker piece of legislation ever to grace the halls of Congress.

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Mar 10- RedState – Liberty Has No Price Tag: U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes the Value of Free Speech Rights in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

Uzuegbunam is an important victory for individual rights in the United States, but it is especially beneficial for public interest legal organizations like the Freedom Foundation whose job it is to fight for Americans’ constitutional liberties in court.

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Mar 9- NewsTalk KFLD – Thurston Judge ‘Dismisses’ Another Mask Legal Challenge

“It is abhorrent that a Washington court has refused to recognize the separation of powers in a government overreach that touches the lives of every Washingtonian.

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Mar 4- The Daily Wire – Biden Union Blunder Reveals The Truth Behind Big Labor

President Joe Biden often appears to struggle with the English language, providing a never-ending supply of fodder for his many critics.

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Mar 3- National Review – As HHS Secretary, Becerra Would Back Labor Unions over Home-Care Workers

Since 2014, when the Supreme Court struck down mandatory-dues schemes as unconstitutional in Harris v. Quinn, unions and allied state officials, such as Becerra, have worked to make it easy to sign caregivers up for union membership and as difficult as possible for them to leave a union once they’ve joined.

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Feb 24- The Sacramento Bee – Schools Still Closed in California, Blame the Unions

An extensive complaint filed by the anti-union Freedom Foundation says the California State Law Enforcement Association has spent more than $100 per member on politics each year, which should have triggered reporting requirements that the union didn’t follow.

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Feb 23- RedState – Schools Still Closed in California, Blame the Unions

Last week, the California Teachers Association (CTA) launched a tone-deaf advertising blitz defending its position on school re-openings. The cable package, which according to reports cost CTA more than $93,000 of dues money, features a 30-second ad reminding the public that COVID-19 is still real and very, very scary.

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Feb 18- The Spokesman-Review – Divided Washington Supreme Court blocks Freedom Foundation political contribution case against unions

Because the Freedom Foundation’s filing, known as a “citizen action,” was made after the state Attorney General’s Office and Washington Public Disclosure Commission examined the alleged campaign violations and opted to take no action, the courts did not rule whether the unions were properly reporting political contributions made out of a separate fund.

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Feb 15- California Globe – Government Unions Have Been Stealing Money For Years — Now, SCOTUS Has The Chance To Intervene

Union efforts to keep schools closed continue in spite of President Biden’s own Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, reporting that “schools can safely reopen” and “vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.”

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Feb 15- the Daily Wire – Government Unions Have Been Stealing Money For Years — Now, SCOTUS Has The Chance To Intervene

Imagine that you pay for a service like Netflix, but you end up not liking it, so you cancel your membership. Then, Netflix decides it is still providing you a benefit, so you must continue to pay the membership fee.

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Feb 11- the Lens – Familiar arguments with latest capital gains tax proposal

Despite all the dreadful things our students have experienced over the last year, however, not everyone is excited for them to return to the classroom. America’s teachers’ unions appear to be the loudest — and seemingly only — opposition to schools reopening.

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Feb 11- Washington Times – Washington state workers challenge post-Janus restrictions on leaving unions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled nearly three years ago against requiring public-sector employees to pay union fees in its landmark Janus decision, and now seven Washington state workers want the court to enforce it.

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Feb 10- RedState -Teachers Unions and the Real Cost of School Closures

Despite all the dreadful things our students have experienced over the last year, however, not everyone is excited for them to return to the classroom. America’s teachers’ unions appear to be the loudest — and seemingly only — opposition to schools reopening.

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Feb 8 – Washington Times – Closed classrooms put Democrats in bind as teachers’ unions resist reopening

“It depends on what rules Congress writes for the use of those funds,” said Maxford Nelson, director of labor policy for the union-critical Freedom Foundation. “Money is fungible and it’s fairly easy for money to change pockets. Maybe the Covid money displaces some of the operational expenses that the district has, and that frees up money to be diverted to hire additional staff or salary increases, who knows what.”

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Feb 1 – Townhall -Paris Train Hero Alek Skarlatos Chats About His New Freedom Fighting Role

He chatted with Townhall last week about his new role as national director for development at the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank whose mission it is to fight back against powerful government unions.

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Jan 29 – KQUEN -SKARLATOS JOINS FREEDOM FOUNDATION

The national conservative political think tank has around 50 employees with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Washington and Oregon.

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Jan 29 – California Globe -Gov. Newsom Willing to Re-Open Schools – Just as Soon as the Labor Unions Tell Him To

If you’ve been following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press conferences, you might not have a firm understanding of the plan. There’s a reason for that – there isn’t one.

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Jan 28 – Inlander -Spokane voters want union bargaining done publicly, but COVID and a court case have delayed open negotiations

Dugovich, the state council director, argues the measures have the intent of busting up or hurting unions, as the language was pushed by the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation, which has also worked for years to inform union members that they are not required to join or pay dues.

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Jan 28 – KPIC4 -Freedom Foundation, critical of public employee unions, hires Roseburg’s Alek Skarlatos

The Freedom Foundation announced Thursday that Skarlatos was joining the nonprofit think tank as the group’s national director for development The group has offices in Oregon, Washington, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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Jan 28 – NBC16 -Freedom Foundation, critical of public employee unions, hires Roseburg’s Alek Skarlatos

The Freedom Foundation announced Thursday that Skarlatos was joining the nonprofit think tank as the group’s national director for development The group has offices in Oregon, Washington, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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Jan 27 – RedState -Standing up for Those Who Can’t Stand up for Themselves

Millions of America’s children are suffering in various ways due to COVID-19 school closures. Liam’s is one of the stories we hear less about.

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Jan 13 – RedState -Biden’s Pick for Labor Thrills Union Bosses — for All the Wrong Reasons

What do we know about President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Labor?

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Jan 12 – Daily Signal -Oregon Capitol Staff to Get Pay Raise for COVID-19 ‘Inconvenience’

A memo from leaders Courtney and Kotek informed each lawmaker they could expect a 10% increase for the 2021 session, and legislative staffers will receive a monthly stipend to help offset potential costs and other inconveniences that come with needing to work from home.

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Dec 18 – The Federalist – Report: Washington Is Inflating COVID Death Tolls, Even After Getting Caught Once Before

Analyzing more than 2000 death certificates from as early as September, investigators at Freedom Foundation found that 170 so-called COVID deaths listed no reference to the virus, while another 171 death certificates simply listed COVID-19 as a “possible contributing factor,” but not a direct cause of death.

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Dec 18 – Ricochet – You Can’t Handle the Truth, or Numbers

People are impressed by numbers, especially large numbers. Paraphrasing a quote attributed to Josef Stalin illustrates the large number quandary; One man’s death is a tragedy, millions of deaths are a merely a statistic.

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Dec 18 – Fox News Radio – More evidence states inflating numbers of COVID deaths

A positive test for the disease, even when it’s not a cause of death, is still counted. On Friday morning I saw a TV ticker and it listed in excess of 310,000 deaths in the United States attributed to the virus. Stand back for a moment and ask where the true number lies. Is it 250,000? Could it be 150,000? Could it be 50,000? From what I’ve seen the past nine months, asking these questions can get you in a lot of trouble.

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Dec 18 – KFLD News Talk – Investigation Shows WSDOH Still ‘Inflating’ COVID Death Counts

Even before this was reported, the Freedom Foundation (An Olympia WA based think tank and watchdog group) began to investigate allegations WSDOH was counting anyone who had tested positive as a COVID death.

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Dec 17 – RedState – More and More Fed-up Americans Are Defying COVID Edicts

Reports started coming out about over-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in states around the country. From Washington state to Colorado, from Florida to Kentucky, deaths were attributed to COVID-19 that, once examined, were clearly false.

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Dec 16 – California Globe – Concerned Citizens Shout Down COVID Penalties at Sacramento County Supervisors Meeting

Ultimately, several board members were made sufficiently uncomfortable by the idea of fining people for failing to comply with COVID-19 lockdown dictates. It’s clear something changed during the hour when the supervisors had left the room.

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Dec 11 – The News Tribune – Defiant Graham gym hit with state’s biggest COVID-19 violation fine: $9,639 per day

Knick speculated that L&I was going after him because he enlisted the help of the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank that has been vocal in its opposition to Inslee’s Safe Start mandate and is a critic of the state Department of Health’s approach to the pandemic.

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Dec 9 – KPER – Freedom group pushes anti-shutdown message on billboards across Washington state

One freedom group is trying to send Governor Jay Inslee a big message, literally.

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Dec 4 – Washington Times – ‘They can take me to jail’: Washington gym owner fights Gov. Inslee’s coronavirus shutdown order

Mr. Knick, who is represented by the nonprofit think tank Freedom Foundation, posted a video afterward saying that he would resist the order, citing the hardship to small businesses.

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Dec 2 – RedState – Without Censorship, There Can Be No Control

The Freedom Foundation has been stopped from promoting posts on Twitter. We have been blocked from boosting posts on FB. We are in litigation over being kicked out of public buildings for telling public employees about their rights not to fund unions and several local governments have blocked our emails in order to prevent public employees from hearing from us.

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Nov 12 – California Globe – Government Unions Had a Surprisingly Bad Election Night in California

My organization, the Freedom Foundation, speaks directly to California state and local government workers every day to help them exercise their constitutional right to leave their union – and many of them do precisely because they are tired of seeing their dues wasted on political speech they disagree with.

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Nov 5 – RedState – Newsom’s Latest COVID Regs Nuttier Than a Holiday Fruitcake

“All gatherings must be held outdoors,” the governor’s pronouncement demands, helpfully conceding that, “Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.”

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Oct 27 – Bloomberg Law – Unions Win Same Share of 2020 Mail, In-Person Elections

Although the threat of coronavirus transmission may make it prudent to hold certain union elections by mail, the NLRB should seek to conduct elections in-person as soon as it’s safe to do so, said Maxford Nelsen, labor policy director for the Freedom Foundation, a conservative advocacy group.

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Oct 26 – The Center Square – Seven California home health care providers appeal over SEIU taking Medicaid payments from their paychecks

While the efforts of the Freedom Foundation and NRWF have prompted the state Department of Health and Human Services to formally oppose unions skimming from Medicaid, they have continued to take money out of Medicaid payments. Stopping them from doing so will only happen after federal courts intervene, the foundations note.

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Oct 22 – Inside Sources – Public-Sector Unions Resorting to Forgery to Preserve Their Monopoly

As a rule of thumb, most economists would agree that when a consumer is truly satisfied with the price and quality of a good or service, the seller shouldn’t need to have the federal government pass laws making the transaction mandatory.

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Oct 21 – WCAX3 – New Vermont law aims to strengthen labor unions

“If you happen to make it through that 60-minute orientation and you don’t sign up for union membership, It’s entirely possible that you’ll start receiving phone calls or emails or maybe a visit to your home on a Saturday morning from union organizers trying to get you signed up,” said Max Nelsen, the labor policy director at the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank.

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Oct 21 – Redstate – Judge Forces Lifeguards Drowning in Union Dues to Keep Paying Against Their Will

Armed with the Janus decision, the California lifeguards chose to exercise their rights by submitting paperwork opting out of CSLEA. The union denied our request, however, citing a provision in its collective bargaining agreement we never saw and had not voted on.

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Oct 19 – Legal Newsline – Freedom Foundation fights against alleged union misbehavior

Two appeals were filed in Oregon, and one in Washington state. But these are not the only such cases for the Freedom Foundation, which has offices in five states. It reports involvement in at least a dozen similar cases.

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Oct 14 – Newstalk870 – Gov. Inslee Has Issued 349 Proclamations in 2020, Most for COVID

The Freedom Foundation says Inslee needs to issue one more proclamation, to call the special session immediately. Growing numbers of critics and legislators believe he is purposefully waiting until after the election Nov. 3.

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Oct 13 – Herald and News – McNiven: Fairgrounds meeting was response to government overreach

The goal of the Citizens to Reopen Klamath County is simple: Give free agency back to the people. Each business needs sovereignty in how they operate, just as each person needs autonomy in their own health decisions.

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Oct 11 – The Center Square – The Sunday Read: Whitmer timeline questionable when blaming Trump for Michigan plot

“Gov. Inslee’s draconian response has been disproportionate to the threats caused by COVID-19,” said Caleb Jon Vandenbos, an attorney for the Freedom Foundation, which is representing the plaintiffs.

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Oct 7 – Big Country News – Five Washington businesses sue Inslee over COVID-19 restrictions

Five Skamania County businesses want to stop Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 restrictions, according to a lawsuit filed on their behalf by a free market think tank.

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Oct 7 – Redstate – Biden Holding out Hope SCOTUS Pick Will Share His and Ginsburg’s Fealty to Labor

As president, Biden has promised he would repay his union benefactors by personally repealing Janus and the right-to-work protections already on the books in 27 U.S. states.

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Oct 6 – The Sacramento Bee -Supreme Court nominee could reshape California’s gig economy law and unions. Here’s how

“We should be getting first hints fairly soon,” Nelsen said. “If they grant the review, it’s a good sign that the current majority, with or without Barrett, is interested in this issue.”

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Oct 1 – The National Review – Biden’s Gift-Wrapped Union Agenda Would Make Bernie Blush

Government unions such as AFSCME routinely boast that, wherever collective bargaining exists in government, unions can use political action to “to directly elect our bosses.”

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