Workplace Freedom

When it comes to unionizing, workers should be free of intimidation. The Goldwater Institute’s Save Our Secret Ballot effort is ensuring workers have anonymous ballots in union votes.

<p>When it comes to unionizing, workers should be free of intimidation. The Goldwater Institute’s Save Our Secret Ballot effort is ensuring workers have anonymous ballots in union votes.</p>

What happened to bring about this challenge?

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.   

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this report referred to Roy Vallee as Chairman and CEO of Avnet. In fact, Vallee resigned from his position at Avnet in 2011 and was replaced by Rick Hamada. The Goldwater Institute regrets the error. 
 
After secretly agreeing to hand $10 million of public money to Apple Inc., the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is coming under new scrutiny for sweetheart deals and bad investments. 
 

 

Contact: Lucy Caldwell

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MEDIA ADVISORY: RULING HALTS TAXPAYER-FUNDED UNION ACTIVISM

Goldwater Institute Lawsuit Puts Police Back on Patrol, Not at Union Desk.

 

(By Michal Conger, The Washington Examiner)

Lack of transparency laws allows public unions to push for sweet deals they wouldn’t get if their negotiations were conducted in the open, a new policy report from the Goldwater Institute finds.

Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to join a union, pay union dues, or pay union representation fees. For unions, right-to-work laws mean they have to actually fight to retain customers – no more guaranteed income.

Associated Press & Fox News

A civil trial began Monday in a case by an Arizona salon owner who is challenging an order from cosmetology regulators that forced her to stop offering pedicures that use fish to nibble the dead skin off people's feet.

Cindy Vong opened a fish spa within her nail salon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert during October 2008 but was forced to close that fish spa segment of her business nearly a year later.

  Raeleen Kasinec
  Raeleen Kasinec-Grzybowski believes in the right of workers to have secret ballots in union-organizing elections. She is working with the Goldwater Institute to defend the Save Our Secret Ballot initiative from a challenge by the National Labor Relations Board.

Secret government union collective bargaining is the law in eleven states, including Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. By statute, these states expressly require secrecy in collective bargaining.

By Sean Higgins | Washington Examiner

Today the Goldwater Institute won the opening round of our fight against the NLRB, when a federal district judge ruled that the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment is constitutional.

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