WASHINGTON – Today, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a $12 million organization, launched a new national initiative — Workers for Opportunity — which will work alongside state and national allies, lawmakers, administrations and other stakeholders to advance workplace freedom for employees across the country. This bold initiative will drive meaningful and forward-thinking, post-Janus labor reform policies across the states, anchored by key objectives. The announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME that ultimately returned First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association to over five million public workers.
“Workers for Opportunity will ultimately seek to free the American workforce from all compulsion from labor relations, with restored rights to associate with, bargain with, and support whomever employees choose without fear of government retribution,” said Joe Lehman, the Center’s president. “Our goal is to reshape labor law by advancing the liberties of employees across the country, ensuring the recognition and protection of their constitutional rights.”
The Workers for Opportunity initiative, the first national effort of its kind to advance pro-worker labor reforms across the states, is anchored by four policy principles:
While the Mackinac Center remains committed to the mission of the My Pay My Say campaign and its efforts to inform all public employees across the country of their First Amendment rights, WFO represents a more expansive national initiative to house the work of My Pay My Say while additionally promoting meaningful and forward-thinking labor policy reforms across the country.
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