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Freedom Foundation “Freedom Tour” updates citizens in Sequim

by Sue Forde for Citizen Review Online

Jan. 8, 2014 – Mark Dalan and Ron Valencia, both of the Freedom Foundation of Washington State (FFWA), presented updates and information to a group of approximately 25 Clallam County citizens at the Los Palomas Restaurant.

Dalan discussed the two Sequim initiatives which took place in 2013, receiving sufficient signatures to go on the ballot, but were held off by the courts after the City of Sequim pursued legal action to stop them from being voted upon by the people. The initiatives would have allowed public union members to choose whether or not to join a union; and would have given transparency for citizens (whose taxes support the government workers) to observe the union negotiations taking place. There were three other cities last year in the State which attempted to place similar initiatives on the ballot, of which only one is moving forward – the city of Chelan. The others were also stopped by judges. Dalan said they are working to try and achieve change on behalf of the citizens through county commissions and city councils this year. Continue reading

Local Governments Throw a Tantrum in Response to Citizen Initiatives

by Scott Roberts
Freedom Foundation

Posted 9/18/2014

Residents of Sequim, Wash., are taking the city to court this Thursday to settle who maintains power and control of our government. On one side stands the volunteer activists trying to change their government by citizen initiatives. On the other side is the government, which would rather have its constituents take a knee than exert their rights.

As a freedom evangelist, I travel the state preaching the gospel of liberty and extolling the need for everyday people to engage and shape their local government. Perhaps the most pure expression of citizen involvement is petitioning government by initiative.

It so happens that groups around the state have taken two ideas written by the Freedom Foundation and introduced them as local initiatives. Continue reading

MoveOn.org Moves Into Sequim and Opposes Transparency and Choice

By Glen Morgan
Freedom Foundation

Posted 9/7/2014

“Panic has set in to the MoveOn.org crowd.  To them, transparency and choice are very threatening.”

An observer at the Aug. 26 Sequim City Council hearing could be forgiven for being confused by what they witnessed.

First, there were competing sign-waving folks outside the meeting venue. Everyone who attended appeared to be focused on the last item on the agenda—the two local initiatives that had qualified to be on the general ballot in November.

The first measure, titled “Proposition 1” would make collective bargaining sessions between the city and any public-sector unions open to the public. The second, Prop 2, would allow Sequim city employees to have the choice of being in the union or not. They could not be fired from their job if they were not in the union. Transparency and choice were clearly frightening concepts to MOVE ON.org, which appealed to its hard-core followers to picket the meeting. Continue reading

Sequim sued over delayed decision on two union initiatives

Peninsula Daily News
By Joe Smilie

Posted 9/6/2014

SEQUIM –– Susan Brautigam has filed a lawsuit against the city, saying the council violated state law when it opted to delay a decision on two initiatives.

The initiatives seek to open contract negotiations with municipal employee unions and allow city workers to opt out of union representation.

“It’s clear the city is just looking for a way to sweep this under the rug, but we’re not going to just go away quietly,” Brautigam, a Sequim resident, said in a written statement issued by the Freedom Foundation, a conservative Olympia think tank.

Brautigam’s suit, filed in Clallam County Superior Court on Wednesday, asks the court to order that the initiatives be placed on the Nov. 4 general election ballot or make them city ordinances.

City officials have 20 days to respond.  READ MORE HERE>>>

Taxpayers should be able to monitor public-employee contract negotiations

The Legislature should require labor contract negotiations between the governor and public employee unions to be public

By Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform

Posted 6/16/2014

Imagine that the governor is holding a series of secret closed-door negotiations with a company that could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer expenses. Now imagine that the same company secretly meeting with the governor is also a campaign contributor. Also imagine that the Legislature is barred from changing the details of an agreement negotiated in secret with the governor and can only vote up or down on funding the final proposal. Continue reading

In Olympia, Senate Committee considers worker protection bill, and two new House members take their seats

Posted 1/23/2014

Olympia, WA – In the Senate Monday, the Commerce and Labor Committee considered a bill, SB 6053, to protect state workers who choose to pay their union a representation fee rather than full union dues. Currently, workers must renew this choice every year, or their option automatically expires. SB 6053 would keep the worker’s choice in place year after year, until the worker initiates a change. The bill also protects workers who have a religious objection to forced union membership.

Maxford Nelsen, a labor analyst with the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation, testified that the bill solves three distinct problems with the arrangement currently in place:

  • many workers aren’t aware they have the right to opt out of paying full union dues;
  • many unions require those who have opted out to renew their preference every year;
  • workers who opt out for religious reasons are still required to pay the full equivalent of union dues when they should only be charged a fee for representation. Continue reading

Can someone get a union dues refund?

by Jami Lund
Education Reform Fellow, Freedom Foundation

Posted 1/29/2013

Can someone get a union dues refund?

Yes.

WEA has a monopoly on workplace representation, and may charge as much as it pleases. Union officials may use funds for essentially anything the organization decides, and they are not obligated to inform members how funds are used.

As you might expect, this makes dues climb very quickly. Some teachers pay nearly $1,200 in dues. The average is around $900. For this amount of money, each individual teacher could hire their own attorney every three years. Continue reading

Why Government Employee Collective Bargaining Must Be Reformed Now

Op/Ed from Bob Williams article on State Budget Solutions on June 5, 2012.

Posted 12/30/2012

There are three important lessons from the Wisconsin collective bargaining battles over the past eighteen months:

1. The power of the government-sector unions and their impact on elections is greatly overestimated. With a victory for Gov. Walker, Wisconsin Government employee union will have suffered their fifth major defeat since March 2011.

2. When given a choice, government employees will quit their union in large numbers. 3. Government employees’ salaries and benefits, particularly pensions, are financially unsustainable in most states and collective bargaining reform is needed.

This paper outlines the problems with government-sector collective bargaining and lists a series of collective bargaining reform options; and has background information on the history of federal government-sector collective bargaining. Continue reading

Why government employee collective bargaining laws must be reformed now

From Bob Williams article on State Budget Solutions

from Freedom Foundation

on June 5, 2012.

There are three important lessons from the Wisconsin collective bargaining battles over the past eighteen months:

1.  The power of the government-sector unions and their impact on elections is greatly overestimated. With a victory for Gov. Walker, Wisconsin Government employee union will have suffered their fifth major defeat since March 2011.

2.    When given a choice, government employees will quit their union in large numbers.

3.    Government employees’ salaries and benefits, particularly pensions, are financially unsustainable in most states and collective bargaining reform is needed.
This paper outlines the problems with government-sector collective bargaining and lists a series of collective bargaining reform options; and has background information on the history of federal government-sector collective bargaining.

1.    The power of the government-sector unions and their impact on elections is greatly overestimated. Wisconsin Government employee union suffered their fifth major defeat since March 2011 last night.
May 8, 2012 their candidate, Kathleen Falk, was defeated in Democrat primary for candidate to challenge Gov. Walker in June recall election.
June 5, 2011-Their attempt to get control of the State Senate by recalling four Republican State Senators failed.
April 5, 2011. Their candidate, JoAnne Kloppenburg, was defeated in a race against incumbent Justice David Prosser.
March 2011. Defeated in their attempt to stop the Budget Repair Bill which included the collective bargaining reforms. Continue reading

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