TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity issued the following statement in response to today’s protests at the Topeka and Wichita offices:
“It’s ironic for the American Federation of Teachers and other unions to protest our offices while, in fact, it’s the unions who promote an agenda that will deny the very freedoms of the workers they claim to represent,” said AFP-Kansas state director Jeff Glendening. “AFP stands for workers’ rights and fiscally sustainable public policies, and we appreciate another opportunity to speak out on these issues.
“Americans for Prosperity and its 40,000-plus members in Kansas have been ardent supporters of our state’s right-to-work law so that each worker may have the right to choose whether to join or leave a union free from penalty. We also supported the paycheck protection law passed last spring to ensure no worker is forced to pay for public sector union political activities which they oppose.
“This is in contrast to labor groups who actively oppose such efforts to ensure these freedoms for all Kansas workers.
“Freedom in the workplace is an important component of overall economic freedom and is in line with AFP’s overall mission. Aside from individual economic freedoms being protected, right-to-work measures help create jobs and spur economic growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the past decade right-to-work states like Kansas created forty times more jobs and gained more new union members than forced unionization states.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.8 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.