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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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Sept 28 – Cincinnati.com – Opinion: Government unions are all over Householder scandal

It’s a lesson union members – whose constitutional right to stop funding these shenanigans by withholding their dues was affirmed in 2018 by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME – would do well to consider.

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Sept 18 – The Center Square – Parents sue Newsom, other state officials over school shutdowns

The lawsuit was filed in Shasta County Superior Court by the Freedom Foundation on behalf of four parents and their children. It claims that Newsom’s executive orders and subsequent policies violate Article III and IX of the California Constitution.

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Sept 15 – The Epoch Times – California Parents Sue Governor Over In-Person School Ban

A group of California parents who claim their children are being harmed by the state’s pandemic-related restrictions on in-person educational instruction are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over the ban.

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Sept 15 – The Tennessee Star – California Mothers Sue California Gov. Newsom, Saying His Partial Reopening of Schools Hurts Special Needs Students, Causes Anxiety Over Grades

Mariah Gondeiro, attorney for the Freedom Foundation, told Star News that their northern California case is based on the state constitution, which she said she believes offers broader protections for students than the other case in California. Shasta County also has a lower coronavirus case count than Los Angeles County, she said.

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Sept 14 – The Federalist – California Parents Sue Gov. Gavin Newsom For Depriving Students Of ‘Right To A Quality Education’

Three California parents are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state and local officials for limiting in-person instruction due to COVID-19 after they say their children have all been severely hindered by it.

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Sept 14 – Town Hall – Parents Get Emotional Telling Gov. Newsom How School Closings Have Affected Their Kids

A group of parents being represented by the Freedom Foundation is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for his decision to keep schools open only part-time, arguing that it has already left negative impacts on their children.

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Sept 7 – Fox News – Jeff Rhodes: On Labor Day, it’s workers we honor, not the unions that exploit them

Union leaders are fond of taking credit for the introduction of the 40-hour work week, weekends, vacation pay, child labor laws and other positive labor developments — none of which, it’s true, existed at the dawn of the last century, when the American Industrial Revolution and the labor movement were both in their infancy.

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Sept 7 – The Center Square – Op-Ed: Celebrate labor, not labor unions, on Labor Day

But let’s be clear. There’s a huge difference between celebrating labor and labor unions – and the distinction becomes more pronounced every year, thanks primarily to the arrogance of the nation’s government employee unions.

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Sept 3 – The Daily Signal – Covid -19 Power Trips of Leftist Politicians, Teachers Unions Must Stop

One political force to be reckoned with in California is even willing to sacrifice the futures of younger generations; namely, the teachers unions.

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Sept 3 – Broad and Liberty – Teachers Are Needed Back in the Classroom Now More Than Ever

Since March, organizations like the Freedom Foundation – and many others – have called on Gov. Tom Wolf to issue a moratorium on union dues deductions from public employee paychecks so they can keep more of their own money in their pockets and return millions of dollars to the private sector, too.

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Aug 31 – Crains Cleaveland – State Employees in Ohio can now opt out of union dues at any time

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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.

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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.**

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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