Jami Lund Heads to Oklahoma to Talk About Undermining Educators
May 1, 2018
The Freedom Foundation and their very own self-described “top scholar” of education, Jami Lund, recently bragged about a trip to Oklahoma to give advice to legislators about undermining striking educators. As has been widely reported, educators from West Virginia to Oklahoma have taken matters into their own hands because of chronic underfunding of schools and inadequate compensation. In Oklahoma, schools are wrought with shoddy supplies and broken down classrooms while the state ranks dead last in teacher compensation.
Apparently, the Freedom Foundation isn’t too concerned about these facts, which isn’t surprising. What is surprising is that they would openly brag about their nefarious mission to Oklahoma. While they have been trying desperately to convince workers they are on their side, we have been exposing their history of opposition to issues that help working people like minimum wage increases, paid sick leave for all and increasing education funding. When Lund or his cohorts take a trip like this, it only helps further our mission of shining a light on their anti-worker agenda.
This isn’t the first time they’ve accidentally revealed their true colors. Last year they signed onto a coalition with other radical right-wing groups calling for cuts in public workers retirement benefits. When it was exposed, they quickly removed their name from the coalition, and now the entire website seems to be gone.
Good thing we know how to take screenshots and were able to capture a picture of the Freedom Foundation’s endorsement:
The State Policy Network (SPN), the Freedom Foundation’s national network, doesn’t help their deceptive efforts either. A recent article in the Guardian highlighted leaked documents from the SPN containing tips on how to undermine striking educators. This paragraph is pulled right from the article:
“Top of the list of talking points is the claim that ‘teacher strikes hurt kids and low-income families’. It advises anti-union campaigners to argue that ‘it’s unfortunate that teachers are protesting low wages by punishing other low-wage parents and their children.’”
The Freedom Foundation has been trying to deceive workers in Washington and Oregon for a few years now. They have invested millions in trying to strip workers of their hard-fought gains but workers are just not buying it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union membership in Oregon and Washington rose in 2017 and the main union targets of the Freedom Foundation are seeing increased revenues since their attacks began.
The Freedom Foundation can’t hide their true agenda of trying to cut wages, slash benefits, and fight education funding increases while trying to make it harder for workers to organize. If the Koch brothers want to send someone to deceive workers in Washington and Oregon they better look to another organization.