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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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  • Appeals court sides with tattoo shop in fight with Mesa

    Posted on November 04, 2011 | Type: In the News

    The Mesa City Council denied two tattoo artists the constitutional protections of free speech by rejecting their efforts to open a business two years ago, the Arizona Court of Appeals said Thursday.

  • Phoenix Labor Union Targets Former Trustee Who Questioned How Taxpayer Money is Spent

    Posted on October 27, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong.

  • Imagine a world without secret voting

    Posted on October 25, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    Last year, Arizonans overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that told workers “if your company is deciding whether or not to unionize, you have a constitutional right to cast your vote in secret.” But now, the NLRB is trying to strike down the amendment through a federal lawsuit. If they succeed, a union sympathizer would be permitted to accost a fellow employee and watch as the employee votes on whether or not to unionize.

  • Cindy Vong talks about the Spa Fish case on Peter Schiff's Show

    Posted on October 25, 2011 | Type: Audio

    The Goldwater Institute is representing Cindy Vong after the Arizona Board of Cosmetology shut down her foot therapy spa, which uses tiny Garra Rufa fish to eat the dead skin off of customers' feet. Ms. Vong went on the Peter Schiff Show to discuss her case.

  • Snow shovels needed for Goodyear city council

    Posted on October 19, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    It rarely snows in the Valley — especially in October. But the Goodyear city council is about to get snowed by United Goodyear Fire Department Local 4005.

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