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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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  • National Labor Relations Board v. State of Arizona (Save Our Secret Ballot case)

    Posted on June 13, 2011 | Type: Case

    Arizona voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2010 to expand protection for a worker’s right to vote by secret ballot if asked to join a union. On May 6, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board sued the State of Arizona in federal court to prevent enforcement of the constitutional amendment, claiming federal law pre-empts any protection to workers that the state might offer. The Goldwater Institute has joined the State in opposing the lawsuit on behalf of individual workers to protect the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment and safeguard an individual’s right to decide whether or not to join a labor organization.

  • Steven Greenhut talks to KFYI about his policy forum at the Goldwater Institute

    Posted on May 26, 2011 | Type: Audio

    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.

  • A Wisconsin-style showdown with AZ public employees?

    Posted on May 13, 2011 | Type: Video

    The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared live on KPNX Channel 12's LunchCast to debate the changes Gov. Jan Brewer is proposing to public employment in the state of Arizona. Watch it here

  • Defusing the Pension Bomb: Making Retirement Plans Solvent for All Public Workers

    Posted on April 27, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Arizona’s current public pension systems are costly, present needless risk to taxpayers, and drain tax resources from other potential uses. If policies are not changed, taxpayers will be on the hook to pay for these bloated plans far into the future, and other government programs may have to go on the chopping block to pay for pension benefits. Young employees, part of whose salaries are funding current pensions, are also at risk of never receiving the benefits they’ve already paid for if pension funds collapse under the weight of poor policy.

  • Arizona's brewing union battle

    Posted on March 03, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    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.

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