Labor Reform

Unions support big government. Big government supports unions. But what about the rest of us?

StrikeHeadlineTiltedMost Americans don't like being told what to do. Yet many government employees are forced, as a condition of working, to pay dues to private union organizations. These union monopolies overcharge workers and spend huge sums of money on political campaigns and lobbying. And, since union power comes from government, union lobbyists always push for bigger and more powerful government.

In fact, government unions are the biggest lobby in Washington State for bigger government. Their undue influence drowns out taxpayers, but taxpayers have had enough. Just like citizens in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan, Washington is ripe for change, for reforms that protect workers and taxpayers alike. The Freedom Foundation is the leading advocate for that change.

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Informed Voter Guide 2011

It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide!

Workable Future

In this age of technology and information, labor laws should be as innovative and dynamic as the Americans they serve. Competition for good jobs in a global marketplace requires a labor model that is flexible, maximizes individual rights, allows for voluntary choices, and minimizes expensive government intrusion.

Informed Voter Guide 2010

Do your lawmakers represent your best interests?
Do you feel confident that you know how your legislators voted on key issues in the 2010 Legislative Session?

SeaTac Unions Fail to Live Up to Employment Standards

The seven local labor unions backing SeaTac's Proposition 1 fail to provide many of their own employees with full-time, $15 an hour jobs, though they appear quite able to do so.

Employee Freedom: A Public Employee's Guide to Opting Out of Union Membership

We believe every employee should be able to make the decision about union membership that is best for him or her. Our goal is to make sure that Washington workers know their options.

Union Influence in the 2013 Legislature

Now that the dust has settled from 2013’s three legislative sessions, the final lobbying reports have been turned in to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Unsurprisingly, three of the top five lobbying spenders were government unions.

SeaTac "Good Jobs" Initiative Would Hurt Workers and Businesses

Like many other cities across the country, the minimum wage debate has come to SeaTac. A local initiative proposes to “Set Minimum Employment Standards for Hospitality and Transportation Industry Employers” in SeaTac. Among other measures, the initiative would require certain employers to pay workers a $15 minimum wage, indexed to inflation, and provide mandatory paid sick leave. Unfortunately, the need for the initiative is overstated and the proposed solution would fail to achieve its goals.

WEA settles with teachers and will pay for free speech violations

OLYMPIA—The Washington Education Association (WEA) has agreed to return $225,000 to teachers after using their wages for the union’s political agenda without their authorization. This settlement ends a nine-year lawsuit that included an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in which the high court ruled in favor of the teachers, Davenport v. WEA. The suit began when the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission. To date, the WEA has been ordered or agreed to pay over $1 million for violating teachers’ rights in this case.

Activists Hold Anti-Tax, Anti-Union Rally At Wash. Capitol

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tea Party and other conservative voices took over the steps of the Washington statehouse Friday. Turnout for the so-called "Tax Day" rally was much smaller than last Friday's large union-backed event in the same location.

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WEA endorses parent choice and other strangeness

WEA recently held its annual "Representative Assembly" and approved a policy statement that would seem to support parent choice.
March 26, 2014
     

How much is WEA Union Dues?

Average union dues for teachers are just about $1,000 per year! See all dues by district.