The Freedom Foundation Spent a Lot of Money to Try to Trick Childcare Workers Out of Their Union… and Failed
May 3, 2017
As we reported last month, the Freedom Foundation, under the guise of the Pacific Northwest Childcare Association, has been spending heavily to undermine childcare providers by harassing them at their homes and hoping they will ditch their union. The problem for the Freedom Foundation is, they aren’t.
The Freedom Foundation is driven by a deep disrespect for worker organizations, and they have shown they’ll try anything. They’ve thrown it all at the wall – a statewide canvass, glossy mailers, social media, and significant staff time, which could have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars of their donors’ money. There have even been reports that they try to pretend they are representatives of the union.
And what do they have to show for it?
Nothing. Zilch, zero, nada.
Last week, the Freedom Foundation/PNWCCA turned in just 1/3 of the signatures needed to achieve their goal. All of that money, and nothing to show for it.
The anti-worker organization, which is funded by out-of-state billionaires to keep wages low and advocate against important social and worker protections, failed because Washington workers do not share their extremist views. And what are those views?
- Opposed raising the minimum wage and extending paid sick leave
- Argued against increasing education funding
- Partnering with organizations to cut workers retirement
- Endorsed Trump’s failed Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder
The Freedom Foundation talks a big game, but their results – or lack thereof – tell a different story. Once again, workers rejected the lies of this extreme right-wing political group funded by out-of-state billionaires.