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>

PHOENIX – Dismissing incompetent or disruptive government employees in Arizona has become a nightmare of paperwork and delay. Workers can be placed on leave for months at a time – getting paid their full salaries but not required to do their jobs – while administrative investigations drag on.

A Goldwater Institute investigation has found that over a two-year period, Arizona state agencies put employees under investigation on paid leave for a combined 100,000 hours – the equivalent of 48 years of full-time work.

Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick appeared on KAET's Horizon to talk about the Arizona legislature's special session to put a constitutional amendment on the state ballot that would protect individuals' rights to a secret ballot when voting whether or not to unionize.

PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that Proposition 108 won’t be considered by Arizona voters during the November 2010 general election.

PHOENIX — Arizona voters will have the opportunity in November to decide if secret ballots should be a constitutional right during public elections and the creation of labor unions, unless a union succeeds in its bid to have the proposed amendment removed as a ballot measure.

Case Background:

The secret ballot's primary virtue is that it allows citizens to vote their conscience without coercion or fear of retaliation. McLaughlin v. Bennett involves a labor union's challenge to an upcoming November 2010 general election ballot measure that would amend the Arizona Constitution by making secret ballot elections a fundamental right in all government-administered elections. In June 2009, the Arizona Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1026, which proposes the following constitutional amendment:

PHOENIX—Arizona’s three pension funds for government employees have predicted they will pay more in benefits to retirees over the next three decades than they will collect from worker paychecks and investments.

Listen in as Goldwater Institute Chairman Tom Patterson covers a range of issues, from union card-check only elections to taxpayer funded lobbyists, with Emil Franzi and Tom Denehy on Inside Track.

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New U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., recently got one of those calls politicians dread. A major political support group is conducting a loyalty check.

Two major labor unions have joined up to try to push through a public-employee bargaining law.

The local joint venture between the Communications Workers of America and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is called the Arizona State Employees Association.

Confident that the ballot initiative to raise the state's minimum wage to $6.75 an hour will go before voters, supporters laid out plans Tuesday to get Arizonans to the polls in November.

"This campaign is only going to work if people come out to vote," Alicia Russell, chairwoman of the Arizona ACORN Political Action Committee, said at a panel discussion on the issue.

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