Freedom Foundation

Freedom Foundation responds to Inslee signing SB 6199

OLYMPIA—The Freedom Foundation released the following statement in response to the signing of SB 6199 by Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon:

It is disappointing, though not surprising, to see Gov. Inslee prioritize his special interest campaign donors above the caregivers and taxpayers of Washington. By the time he signed SB 6199, more than 1,000 individual providers had contacted the governor’s office asking him to veto the bill. Though their voices have been ignored by the majority party in the Legislature and now the governor, the Freedom Foundation remains committed to protecting caregivers’ First Amendment rights as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court and making sure SEIU’s exploitation of caregivers comes to an end. SB 6199 will take effect over years, not days, and we anticipate it will be subject to numerous legal challenges along the way. This fight is far from over.

– Maxford Nelsen, Director of Labor Policy

For more information about SB 6199, please refer to the Freedom Foundation’s recent op-ed in The Seattle Times:

Maxford Nelsen, “Forcing union membership is no way to run government-funded home health care,” The Seattle Times, March 28, 2018.