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The Freedom Update - Episode 58

The Freedom Update - Episode 58

February 13, 2015

Hi, and welcome to the Freedom Update.

This week, two more Freedom Foundation bills moved forward in the state legislature. SB 5671 would ensure that state law aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v. Quinn by preventing the state from deducing dues from certain kinds of union represented workers without their authorization. A second bill, SB 5602, would end a practice known as release time by which taxpayers are obligated in union contracts to pay the salaries of union officials. Union activity should be paid for with the dues unions take from their members, not with tax dollars. We’ll continue to keep you updated each with on the progress of our bills.

Instead of government unions sending actual workers to testify against Freedom Foundation bills, the unions are sending their highly paid lobbyists, who often make six figure salaries. In some cases, union members testifying in favor of Freedom Foundation legislation are paying, with their dues, for their union’s lobbyist to oppose the same legislation. For more updates on the current legislative session, sign up for our email update list on our website.

Since last summer, the Freedom Foundation has been seeking to inform family child care providers of their right to opt-out of SEIU 925 under the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn ruling. Cassandra Clemans, an independent contractor who has worked for SEIU 925 for five years, recently had her contract terminated after posting a Freedom Foundation article on her Facebook page about how providers could opt-out of paying dues. This is just the latest attempt by SEIU to do anything in its power to keep family child care providers in the dark about their constitutional rights. Instead of trying to earn providers’ voluntary dues, this situation show the unions would prefer to maintain their cash flow by force. 

That’s all for this week. Until next week, I’m Max Nelsen. Stay informed.

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