One Year After Janus, Working Families Have Plenty of Reasons to Feel Optimistic
June 23, 2019
The Freedom Foundation is failing miserably.
This isn’t how the Koch-funded anti-union organization expect the past year to go for them. In fact, one year ago this week, anti-worker organizations like the Freedom Foundation were celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. They incorrectly assumed the decision would lead to the end of public sector unions and worker power in the United States.
Here are the facts about what has happened in the past year: Union membership is on the rise (in Washington State it grew by 10% in 2018), and states in the Northwest have collectively passed one of the most pro-working families agendas in history. The unions attacked most by the Freedom Foundation remain a powerful voice for working families.
Please watch and share our new video about how the Freedom Foundation’s billionaire-funded effort to convince workers to drop their union membership has failed.
Despite the anti-worker Freedom Foundation’s tax-exempt status which prohibits political spending, their CEO Tom McCabe made it very clear that their true mission is to win elections for Republicans and to push the right wing’s agenda. With pro-worker leaders and policies now in place up and down the West Coast, it’s clear that their grand scheme to turn the blue states of Washington, Oregon, and California red has been a fool’s errand. Workers are rejecting the Freedom Foundation as a cog in the extremist, right-wing machine.
The Freedom Foundation and their funders just don’t get it. Working families want — and are demanding — higher wages, pensions, affordable health care, and increased funding for education. We know that organizing and standing together is the best way to help our families and our communities.
The Freedom Foundation and their billionaire allies may have deep pockets, but their failures over the past five years make it clear that their money is no match for the power of working people.
While it’s important to remain vigilant, one year after the Janus decision, working families have plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the future of the labor movement.