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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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  • Update on Release Time

    Posted on May 18, 2012 | Type: Blog

    We wanted to give you a quick update on our effort to end union worker “release time” – that’s when taxpayers pay government worker’s salaries and benefits, but instead of doing their government job, they are doing union work on the clock. You may remember that we filed a legal challenge to block the City of Phoenix from including release time in its contracts with unions because we believe it violates the Arizona Constitution’s ban on gifts of taxpayer money to private organizations.

  • Government Workers Deserve Paycheck Protection

    Posted on April 18, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen

    If you've ever signed up for a magazine subscription, bought cable TV or purchased something from an infomercial, you've probably encountered the automatic renewal process. After the initial subscription period ends, some companies continue charging you until you jump through myriad time-consuming hoops. And you may never get your money back.

  • Protecting Workers' Paychecks from Union Raids

    Posted on April 14, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Darcy Olsen

    If you’ve ever signed up for a magazine subscription, cable TV, or purchased something from an infomercial, you’ve probably encountered the automatic renewal process. After the initial subscription period ends, some companies continue charging you until you jump through myriad time-consuming hoops. And you may never get your money back.

  • URGENT: CALL SPEAKER TOBIN AND TELL HIM TO BRING HB 2103 TO THE FLOOR!

    Posted on April 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Starlee Rhoades

    It’s no secret that government unions need reform. Government workers earn nearly twice as much as their private sector counterparts, and taxpayers are paying for it. These inflated salaries and benefits are threatening to bankrupt Arizona cities. On top of that, unions spend millions to influence the outcome of elections, estimated to be $400 million this year alone, and support issues that are at odds with the limited government policies you and I support.

  • Goldwater Institute Seeks Injunction Against Police Union Release Time

    Posted on April 05, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX -- Arguing that release time “diverts precious resources from the core public safety mission to ‘union business,’” the Goldwater Institute today asked the Maricopa County Superior Court to enjoin provisions that allow the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) to use thousands of hours of police time — including six full-time positions — for its own purposes.

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