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>

By now its clear that racial and ethnic preferences, disguised as affirmative action, do little to solve the underlying causes of the achievement gap that limits opportunities for blacks and Hispanics. So it is welcome news that Ward Connerly, who heads the American Civil Rights Institute, came to Phoenix today to announce Super Tuesday initiatives to end racial preferences in multiple states, including Arizona.

Pinal County is prosecuting restaurant owner Dale Bell for letting his customers dance under the stars. After the longest zoning hearing in the County's history, the hearing officer found Dale liable for running an illegal dance hall because he allows or permits dancing outside of a completely enclosed structure at his steakhouse, San Tan Flat.

When Proposition 202 passed last November, the Center for Habilitation, which assists in training and employing the disabled, fired 100 workers. Other disability advocates feared that as many as 5,000 disabled workers statewide might also lose their jobs.

Before the new minimum wage, previous laws exempted disabled workers and allowed employers to pay wages commensurate with a disabled workers productivity level. When Prop 202 passed without these exemptions, disabled workers lost the freedom to negotiate wages reflective of their unique skills.

If you wonder when looking at a restaurant menu whether the bacon cheeseburger or the garden salad would be more heart healthy, help from the government may be on the way.

A bill has been introduced in the legislature requiring chain restaurants to list levels of calories, trans fats and sodium for all items on their menus. The theory is that with burgeoning rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, the government should mandate that restaurants supply info on what's bad for us.

Several Arizona laws protect auto dealers from competition’"resulting in a higher sticker price on all cars. The laws prohibit manufacturers from selling cars, parts or offering financing to consumers without going through a dealer. These classic regulatory land mines allow vested interests to stymie competition.

Pop the champagne corks: it's time to celebrate. 2006 marks the 60th anniversary of Arizona's right-to-work law, one of the great contributing factors to freedom and prosperity in our state.

Article 25 of the state constitution says that "no person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization."

In one of his regular email correspondences, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon wrote Friday, "I said that in order to be a GREAT city,  THIS city needs to excel in three areas: Education, Public Safety and Jobs."

The mayor's prescription? "This downtown Phoenix Campus of ASU is the catalyst for the first - and the foundation for the other two.

The Goldwater Institute's Carrie Ann Sitren went on KTVK Channel 3 to talk about how the government is forcing Arizona daycare centers into following a list of rules or else pay a big price.

Watch it here

PHOENIX – The Goldwater Institute is joining the State of Arizona in defending Proposition 113, a state constitutional amendment to protect worker rights, from a challenge by the National Labor Relations Board.

Author Steven Greenhut joined KFYI's Mike Broomhead to preview the Goldwater Institute forum "How Public Servants Became our Masters & What We Can Do about It" which looked at public employment and unions.