david osborne

David R. Osborne

Senior Fellow

David R. Osborne is the Senior Fellow for Labor Policy with the Commonwealth Foundation.

David is an attorney with on-the-ground experience advocating for teachers, firefighters, and other public employees mistreated by union officials. Before joining the Commonwealth Foundation, David was the CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment, a nonprofit organization that supports, educates, and empowers public employees to exercise their First Amendment rights.

He also served as President & General Counsel of the Fairness Center, a nonprofit, public-interest law firm providing free legal representation to those hurt by public sector union officials, and as a Presidential appointee to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which resolves labor impasses between federal agencies and federal employee unions.

David earned his Juris Doctor (JD) at Florida State University College of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and radio/television communications from the University of Central Florida.

David has been happily married since 2004 and they are proud parents to four beautiful children.

Public Union Democracy

With Unions, the Numbers Tell the Story

  • David Osborne
  • February 2, 2024

Originally published at Townhall Newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows union membership rates fell nationwide last year, continuing a yearslong trend. BLS’s union…

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Public Union Democracy

When Unions Play Politics

  • David Osborne
  • December 22, 2023

Originally published at Townhall Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud recently observed, “Basketball players want to be football players, and football players want to be basketball players.”…

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Public Union Democracy

PA House Democrats Want You to Pay Striking Workers

  • David Osborne
  • December 13, 2023

Originally published at RealClearPennsylvania Publicly funding people not to work is too radical a policy even for California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Though he has every reason to curry favor…

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Public Union Democracy

The Battle for Worker Freedom: How Government Unions Fund Politics Across the Country

  • Andrew Holman, David Osborne
  • December 4, 2023

Key Findings The four largest government unions, the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and Service Employees International…

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Public Union Democracy

Unions are hurting taxpayers and Pennsylvania’s economy

  • David Osborne
  • October 26, 2023

Originally published at The Patriot-News The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike recently reached Dauphin County, with 145 employees at the Mack Trucks remanufacturing plant in Lower Swatara Township walking…

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Public Union Democracy

UAW Ain’t Nothin’ Compared to Public Sector Unions

  • David Osborne
  • October 14, 2023

Originally published at Townhall For the media and union executives, the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against automotive plants in Missouri, Ohio, and Michigan is the gift that keeps…

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Public Union Democracy

PA Needs to Empower Workers—Not Union Executives

  • David Osborne
  • June 6, 2023

Originally published in the Delaware Valley Journal The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 950, which proposes a state constitutional amendment empowering public sector union executives. Unfortunately,…

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Public Union Democracy

These powerful unions helped flip the Pennsylvania House

  • David Osborne
  • May 4, 2023

Originally published in the Bucks County Courier Times Last November, Pennsylvania Democrats captured the state House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years. Behind the flip was…

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Public Union Democracy

Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee Testimony on HB 950

  • David Osborne
  • April 26, 2023

Chairmen Dawkins and Mackenzie: Good afternoon. Thanks to Chairmen Dawkins and Mackenzie for the invitation to testify on this resolution, and thanks to the rest of the committee for your…

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Education

PA Education-Funding Lawsuit Opens the Floodgates for Reform

  • David Osborne
  • March 6, 2023

Originally published at RealClearPennsylvania In February, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a controversial decision that could end a long-running, high-profile lawsuit over the state’s funding of public schools. The…

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Education

Pennsylvania’s teachers unions care about lining their pockets — not about teachers or students

  • David Osborne
  • January 12, 2023

Originally published at Broad + Liberty Last month, the commonwealth’s largest teachers’ union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), blasted a thank-you to parents and teachers for classroom success in newspapers across…

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Education

Blame the Union, Free the Schools

  • David Osborne
  • January 6, 2023

Originally published in the Delaware Valley Journal The commonwealth’s largest teachers union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), recently induced yet another local union into “authorizing” a strike, this…

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Fairness

Shapiro Should Follow Tennessee’s Lead on Dealing with Unions

  • David Osborne
  • November 29, 2022

Originally published in RealClearPennsylvania After contributing nearly $11 million to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s campaign, executives of Pennsylvania’s biggest labor union will surely expect a return on their investment. But…

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