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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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  • Fish pedicure case goes to court

    Posted on January 15, 2013 | Type: In the 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.

  • Shine a Light on Backroom Union Deals

    Posted on December 19, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    The presence of government unions and the strength of collective bargaining laws explain a large portion of the pay gap between government employees and private sector employees. Arizona could save $550 million every year in excessive pay to public employees simply by banning government union collective bargaining. But the next best reform involves shining a light on the backroom deal making.

  • Judge upholds Arizona anti-card check law

    Posted on September 06, 2012 | Type: In the News

    Federal district court Judge Frederick Martone dismissed a challenge Wednesday to an Arizona law which only allows workplace organizing through a federally monitored secret ballot election. The case was filed against the state by the National Labor Relations Board.

  • Federal Court Upholds 'Save Our Secret Ballot'

    Posted on September 05, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    In a strong rebuke to the Obama Administration Wednesday, federal district court Judge Frederick J. Martone ruled that the Secret Ballot Amendment, which protects workers’ right to secret ballot in union-organizing elections, is constitutional.

  • Big court victory for Save Our Secret Ballot!

    Posted on September 05, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen

    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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