Published March 22, 2017 in the Northwest Accountability Project
The anti-worker Freedom Foundation is working alongside, and apparently backing, a secretive group calling themselves the Pacific Northwest Child Care Association (PNWCCA). This deceitful alliance is no secret. The Freedom Foundation staff are regularly engaging with PNWCCA on social media and on a recent Podcast, Oregon Director Anne Marie Gurney hosted one of the leaders of the PNWCCA. The Freedom Foundation has bragged about their work with PNWCCA multiple times in newsletters to funders.
They are attempting to mislead child care workers and SEIU 925 union members in an effort to undermine their strength and to get members to drop their union and join up with the PNWCCA.
The Freedom Foundation is funded by out-of-state billionaires who aim to keep wages low and take away the voice of workers in the workplace. It should not shock anyone that home care workers are skeptical of the intentions of the PNWCCA because of their relationship with the Freedom Foundation.
The public should not be shocked at how low the Freedom Foundation will stoop to undermine working families. This is just another example of their effort to reduce the political power of working families. Remember, the Freedom Foundation pretends to be concerned with improving the lives of child care workers, but Freedom Foundation leaders have opposed raising the minimum wage increases, paid sick leave for workers and have even argued against increasing education funding. The Freedom Foundation endorsed Trump’s failed nomination of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary. Puzder himself has been a vocal opponent of raising the minimum wage and expanding the number of employees who qualify for time-and-a-half overtime.
The PNWCCA is not fooling anyone because we all know it’s the Freedom Foundation and their billionaire funders that are backing them up.