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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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  • 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.

  • Support Public Pension Reform

    Posted on March 13, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    I’ll be blunt. Last year’s tepid reforms to the state’s pension systems were not enough.

  • Time to End the 'Meet and Confer' Shakedown

    Posted on March 06, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Government unions claim “meet and confer” collective bargaining only promotes innocent brainstorming between government employees and employers about work conditions. But in reality, as with any other collective bargaining law, meet and confer laws legalize a shakedown of the taxpayer.

  • Government union leaders lash out at common-sense reforms

    Posted on March 02, 2012 | Type: Blog

    Government unions are trying to derail a series of common-sense reforms that would save taxpayers billions. During a rally at the Arizona State Capitol on March 1, 2012, union leaders bashed the Goldwater Institute and forward-thinking legislators for wanting to protect the pocketbooks of middle-class families in the state.

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