Update on Release Time

Posted on May 18, 2012
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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.

Unfortunately, Phoenix just renewed its contract with the police union and it again includes release time. Our legal team wants to stop this contract from taking effect until we have a decision in our court challenge. We just got word that a hearing has been scheduled for next Friday to consider our request for a preliminary injunction. In her order, the judge said that based on evidence presented so far, she believes that an injunction is likely warranted.

The court hearing will be open to the public and we would be delighted to see you there. Here are the details:

Friday, May 25
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Maricopa County Superior Court
East Court Building, Fifth Floor
101 West Jefferson, Courtroom 514
Phoenix, AZ 85003

You can read more about the Goldwater Institute’s legal effort to prevent taxpayers from subsidizing union work here.

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