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A union push for federal “card check” legislation could make things more difficult for small businesses and open workers up to intimidation. The Goldwater Institute stands by workers’ rights to an anonymous ballot in union votes, and drafted the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment, already law in four states. While the Obama administration is fighting us in court, we will continue to stand by small businesses and their employees who deserve the right to vote in private.

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  • Flytenow v. FAA

    Posted on January 06, 2015 | Type: Case

    In an unprecedented legal memorandum, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has shut down an innovative start-up company, Flytenow Inc., that is using the power of the Internet to connect private pilots with passengers wishing to share travel plans and trip expenses. For over 40 years, FAA regulations have expressly permitted private pilots to share expenses with their passengers. For example, any private pilot could post a flight on an airport bulletin board and any passenger could contact that pilot to join the flight and share expenses. Flytenow simply applied this framework to the digital age.

  • Flytenow Sues Federal Aviation Administration to Continue "Flight-Sharing" Operations

    Posted on January 06, 2015 | Type: Press Release

    FAA uses regulations for commercial airlines to shut down private pilot website

  • PLEA v. DUPUY

    Posted on October 03, 2014 | Type: Case

    As the result of litigation brought by the Goldwater Institute in the Wright v. Stanton case, the unlawful practice of pension spiking among public safety workers, which had been entrenched in Phoenix for over 25 years, ended on July 1, 2014, when the City removed unlawful pension spiking provisions from their contracts with government unions.

  • Arizona Commerce Cronies: Picking and Choosing Winners With Your Tax Dollars

    Posted on March 20, 2014 | Type: Report | Author: Emily Gersema

    Most government departments and agencies have a governing board, council or commission that discusses and makes major spending decisions in public meetings. However, the state laws that govern the ACA allow the board of directors, its committees, subcommittees and advisory councils to discuss business opportunities in executive session. The chief executive officer, who does not have to hold public meetings to discuss or vote on which businesses the agency will aid, has unilateral authority to award subsidies.

  • Media Advisory: Ruling Halts Taxpayer-Funded Union Activism

    Posted on April 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the practice of “release time” in a Phoenix labor contract with the local police union, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). Release time is a provision in government labor contracts allowing public employees to collect taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits while being "released" to do union work, including lobbying, electioneering, and other forms of political activism.

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