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Glenwood teachers vote out Washington Education Association (WEA)

Posted: January 15, 2018 at 8:51 am   /   Friends

Teachers in the Glenwood School District participated in a state-administered election last fall, and all but one voted to decertify the Washington Education Association (WEA). This ends the union’s mandate that all teachers pay WEA as a condition of serving children in the South Central Washington community. The teachers in Glenwood established a local independent teachers’ association for their […]

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Moving Forward!

Posted: January 11, 2018 at 8:12 am   /   Friends

The Orange County Board of Supervisors granted the Freedom Foundation’s request to formally consider whether to provide all new incoming IHSS providers a written and oral notice of their First Amendment rights in relation to their union. By way of background, the Supreme Court in 2014 decided that the First Amendment prohibits the enforcement of […]

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SEIU 503 refuses to honor opt-out requests

Posted: January 11, 2018 at 8:02 am   /   Friends

The Freedom Foundation filed a lawsuit against Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and SEIU 503 alleging the union – with the governor’s blessing – has refused to honor numerous care providers’ constitutionally protected requests to opt out. The suit, Entwistle v. Brown includes 14 care providers represented by SEIU 503 who’ve submitted forms to the union […]

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Santa confounds union grinches

Posted: January 10, 2018 at 8:15 am   /   Friends

2017 came to a productive and informative close with the Freedom Foundation bringing Christmas cheer to thousands of families across the Pacific Northwest (PNW)—and confounding union grinches. In a single day, the Freedom Foundation’s designated Santa handed out more than 450 brochures to government employees informing them of their right to stop paying the political […]

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School board fights to preserve monopoly

Posted: January 9, 2018 at 8:30 am   /   Friends

Options for families? “No,” according to the Seattle School Board, which voted on Jan. 3 to urge the city to thwart a charter school building project. From the news item “School Board opposes zoning request” in the Seattle Times: “School Board members said they are concerned the Green Dot school would draw students — and […]

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Janus v AFSCME

Posted: January 8, 2018 at 8:55 am   /   Friends

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced, for the second time in two years, that it would address one of the most significant and contentious labor issues in recent decades. By accepting Janus v. AFSCME, the court seized an opportunity to end the injustice of states forcing public employees to pay dues or fees to a […]

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Oregon Governor has no shame

Posted: January 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm   /   Friends

Oregon’s Governor, Kate Brown, thinks SEIU 503 should be a leading voice on the Advisory Council tasked with improving transparency in the state’s public records laws. Never mind that SEIU 503 has been the quintessential example over the past three years of how to roll back transparency protections under Oregon Public Records Law. Never mind […]

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Too big to fail

Posted: January 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm   /   Friends

We are seeing a transformative movement in technology, business and education. Uber and Lyft don’t own any vehicles and yet they have become the world’s largest taxi service. AirBnB doesn’t own any real estate and yet is the earth’s largest hotel service. Facebook creates no content but is now the world’s most popular media owner. […]

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Taxation is an ever growing concern

Posted: January 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm   /   Friends

Now that Democrats are in control of the Washington State House of Representatives, Senate and the governor’s office, “taxation” has jumped to the second-highest concern behind “education.” Each year The Ellway Poll asks Washington voters which legislative issues they deem most important. This year, concerns about taxes increased from 16 percent to 27 percent, while […]

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