Oregon’s Freedom Foundation has had tremendous success in its outreach efforts to members of the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), which now has among the nation’s largest membership decline. Freedom Foundation made OSEA a special point of emphasis, distributing tens of thousands of mail pieces, emails and texts, in addition to making thousands of door-to-door visits—and it’s working.
OSEA has experienced a membership decline of 36 percent since last year’s Janus decision. Tax filings shows the union collected nearly $1 million less in dues and member fees. OSEA Executive Director Rick Shidaker took a pay cut of more than $8,000. And in a “State of Our Union” speech the week of the Janiversary, former OSEA president Tim Stoelb admitted that OSEA has had to cut spending, close three field offices and rely on a grant from the American Federation of Teachers to fill budget gaps.
Oregon Freedom Foundation will celebrate this success, as well as helping more than 17,000 Oregonians leave their union, at its annual banquet with Governor Mike Huckabee on November 9 in Salem.
In total, the Freedom Foundation has helped more than 60,000 government employees leave their unions in Oregon, Washington, and California.