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One Group is Leading the Assault on Unions After Janus Decision

A think tank in the Pacific Northwest that has become a thorn in the side of big labor union bosses, is making significant strides to undercut union funding since Janus.

By NTK Staff | 10.30.2018 @6:00pm
One Group is Leading the Assault on Unions After Janus Decision

One little-known think tank announced Tuesday they have gotten 25,000 union members to opt out of union dues since the major Janus Supreme Court case earlier this year. The Freedom Foundation, a think tank in the Pacific Northwest that has become a thorn in the side of big labor union bosses, is making significant strides to undercut union funding since Janus.

Politico first reported the announcement, which will cost unions $27 million annually. That number is expected to grow as the Freedom Foundation continues collecting opt-outs. Politico spoke to Max Nelsen, a labor expert for the group.

Nelsen offered the Washington Federation of State Employees as an example of localized success: as of late September, he said, 20 percent of the union workforce was no longer supporting the union financially.

The Freedom Foundation’s campaign dates to 2014, when it convinced home-care workers affected by the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision to abandon unions through direct mail and online campaigns. The group followed the same formula after Janus, Nelsen said, sending hundreds of thousands of letters, millions of emails and reaching out to affected union members though social media.

The announcement has serious political implications as well, since labor unions are a top source of Democrat funding. Continued success from the Freedom Foundation could begin to affect donations in the coming years.

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