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>

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Last year, voters in Arizona approved Proposition 113, a state constitutional amendment drafted by the Goldwater Institute to protect every worker’s right to a secret-ballot vote if they are asked to join a union. Voters in South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah also added this protection to their state constitutions last year, and more states are signing up this year.

For tyrants, December 15, 1791 is a day that lives in infamy. It is the day the Bill of Rights was ratified. The Bill of Rights not only confirmed that the federal government was meant to be one of limited powers, it also crucially underscored the existence of inalienable natural rights that are beyond the power of any legitimate government to deprive.

When I worked for a state legislator in Texas, his policy was his legislative offices were open any time his private business was open. I spent many a lonely day in a largely abandoned Texas Capitol on government holidays that were ignored by the world in general. I also enjoyed marvelous health insurance benefits. The birth of my third child cost me personally a total of $20.

2011 may very well mark the year that many policymakers and citizens nationwide take action to curb the corrosive influence of unions. In the public sector, they create costs and inefficiencies, from inflated pension and health care costs to cumbersome work rules. In the private sector, they make companies uncompetitive and promote unemployment due to artificially high wages and benefits.
While President Obama has made union-building a top priority, Arizona has quite a different approach.

[W]e feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise choose. So wrote Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and 15 colleagues in a 2001 letter to the Mexican government.

Why then is Miller sponsoring legislation nowthe Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Actthat would eliminate the secret ballot for authorizing union representation in this country?

This November, Arizona voters will have a chance to outlaw government racial preferences. Similar initiatives passed by large majorities in three blue states: California, Washington, and Michigan.

The initiative is straightforward, forbidding discrimination or preferential treatment on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin in public education, employment, or contracting.­ Because it embraces the moral imperative of nondiscrimination, it will be tough to beat on its merits.

Enter a new opposition tactic: confusion.

When I moved to Arizona seven years ago, two things happened related to my legal practice. First, I was invited to teach a continuing legal education class for Arizona lawyers on property rights law. Second, I was told I could not practice law until I passed the Arizona bar exam. Good enough to teach, but not good enough to do.

John Stossel interviews the Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick on the troubling practice of "release time," which pays government employees tax dollars to do nothing but union work.

Learn more about our effort to stop this waste here.