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Video: Union Punks Doing What They Do Best

Posted: September 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm   /   by

Police, protesters clash at Vancouver labor reform event

At least two people were arrested Thursday evening at a joint Freedom Foundation and Cascade Policy Institute event in Vancouver, Wash.

The event featured Vinnie Vernuccio, a labor policy expert from Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy, discussing state labor reforms that empower workers to decide whether or not to participate in and support union organizations.

Those arrested were part of a group of pro-union, anti-worker protesters bent on preventing open dialogue. The Freedom Foundation welcomes anyone to attend our events and to ask civil questions. The protesters, too cowardly to engage in civilized debate, instead screamed at event organizers and attendees and even tried to prevent attendees from parking or entering the event room.


Union protesters were arrested last night at a Freedom Foundation event in Vancouver, WA – See more photos
Union Protesters Arrested in Vancouver, WA


The protesters are right to be afraid. When surveyed, more than one-third of union members say they would leave their union if they could do so without repercussions. In states where union membership is voluntary, many workers reject unions as unrepresentative of their interests or simply not worthwhile.

The Freedom Foundation and our allies at Cascade Policy Institute and the Mackinac Center will never retreat, never surrender, in the face of such attempted bullying. We are thankful to the Vancouver Police Department for their response and to our attendees and supporters for their courage and dedication to open debate and to freedom.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook