Workforce Freedom Initiative

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The Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) is a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on fighting union organizing in the workplace. WFI's website describes its goals as "to preserve democracy in the American workplace, restrain abusive union pension fund activism, and block the anti-competitive agenda advocated by many labor unions."[1]

WFI tracks the activities and decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as well as union organizing efforts and union strategies. For example, in 2013 it issued reports on "The Emerging Role of Worker Centers in Union Organizing," "A Survey of Social Media Issues Before the NLRB," and on unions' involvement in minimum wage campaigns.[2]

Ties to the Koch Brothers

WFI Executive Director Glenn Spencer formerly worked for the Koch brothers-founded and -funded Citizens for a Sound Economy.[3]

Issues, News, and Controversies

Personnel

As of September 2014:[4]

Contact

Address: Workforce Freedom Initiative
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062
Phone: 202-659-6000
Website: http://www.workforcefreedom.com/

References

  1. Workforce Freedom Initiative, About, organizational website, accessed September 3, 2014.
  2. Workforce Freedom Initiative, Publications and Polls, organizational website, accessed January 22, 2015.
  3. Philip Newswanger, "Chamber to counter pro-labor strategies," Hampton Roads Business Journal, June 10, 2011. Accessed September 3, 2014.
  4. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, About Workforce Freedom Initiative, organizational website, accessed September 3, 2014.
  5. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Rickard, biographical profile, accessed September 3, 2014.
  6. Open Secrets, Glenn Spencer], lobbyist profile, Center for Responsive Politics, accessed September 24, 2014.