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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Reforming ArizonaPosted on February 06, 2012 | Type: Article
Your one-stop resource on Arizona's efforts to protect taxpayers and save money by reforming unfair government union practices.
Fireworks at Hearing on Public Union BillPosted on February 01, 2012 | Type: Blog
Coverage of the union reform bills approved today by an Arizona state senate committee highlighted a veiled political threat by a union representative.
A One-Two Punch to Government Union Release TimePosted on January 31, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl
In December, the Goldwater Institute filed a constitutional challenge to the City of Phoenix’s practice of “release time” within the police union. This practice takes six city police officers off the streets and puts them behind desks to work as full-time union managers, 35 to work as part-time union representatives, and one to work full time as a union lobbyist – all while collecting city salaries and benefits.
Save Taxpayers Tens of Billions of Dollars: End Government-Sector Collective BargainingPosted on January 24, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
Civil servants should serve the public. Honest politicians must end policies and agreements that put their interests and those of government employees ahead of those of citizens at large. This report shows how.
Do Police Officers Pay for Release Time?Posted on January 18, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl
The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit challenging Phoenix’s “release time” practice that sends six city police officers to work as full-time union managers, 35 to work as part-time union representatives, and one to work as a union lobbyist. Although these employees are released from city duties to perform union duties, taxpayers continue to pay the officers’ salaries and benefits.