Statement by Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga on Freedom Foundation Deployment Against Ohio Workers

In response to the out-of-state, dark money group known as “The Freedom Foundation” making an announcement of their attacks on public employee unions in Ohio, Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO released the following statement:

The Freedom Foundation’s announcement that it will set up shop in Ohio is no surprise.  This out-of-state, extreme group has been attempting to undermine American workers’ collective bargaining rights since its inception.  We are proud that we have successfully fended off similar attacks in the past, and we stand ready to defeat the false rhetoric of this front group.  Their dangerous ideas would lower wages, reduce benefits and make workplaces less safe.

We need to work together in Ohio to help grow our economy from the middle out and we don’t need nor do we want these divisive groups trying to prevent that.  Popular support for unions is high and Ohioans have directly supported our collective bargaining rights at the ballot box.”