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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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  • Study: Transparency in collective bargaining could save taxpayers $50 billion

    Posted on March 11, 2013 | Type: In the News

    Lack of transparency laws allows public unions to push for sweet deals they wouldn’t get if their negotiations were conducted in the open, a new policy report from the Goldwater Institute finds. In fact, the report notes, “States across the nation could save $50 billion—and Arizona in particular could save $550 million—every year in excessive pay to public employees simply by banning government union collective bargaining.”

  • Skirting the Right-to-Work

    Posted on March 07, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to join a union, pay union dues, or pay union representation fees. For unions, right-to-work laws mean they have to actually fight to retain customers – no more guaranteed income.

  • 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.

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