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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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  • Arizona Commerce Cronies: Picking and Choosing Winners With Your Tax Dollars

    Posted on March 20, 2014 | Type: Report | Author: Emily Gersema

    Most government departments and agencies have a governing board, council or commission that discusses and makes major spending decisions in public meetings. However, the state laws that govern the ACA allow the board of directors, its committees, subcommittees and advisory councils to discuss business opportunities in executive session. The chief executive officer, who does not have to hold public meetings to discuss or vote on which businesses the agency will aid, has unilateral authority to award subsidies.

  • Media Advisory: Ruling Halts Taxpayer-Funded Union Activism

    Posted on April 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the practice of “release time” in a Phoenix labor contract with the local police union, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). Release time is a provision in government labor contracts allowing public employees to collect taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits while being "released" to do union work, including lobbying, electioneering, and other forms of political activism.

  • Study: Transparency in collective bargaining could save taxpayers $50 billion

    Posted on March 11, 2013 | Type: In the News

    Lack of transparency laws allows public unions to push for sweet deals they wouldn’t get if their negotiations were conducted in the open, a new policy report from the Goldwater Institute finds. In fact, the report notes, “States across the nation could save $50 billion—and Arizona in particular could save $550 million—every year in excessive pay to public employees simply by banning government union collective bargaining.”

  • Skirting the Right-to-Work

    Posted on March 07, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to join a union, pay union dues, or pay union representation fees. For unions, right-to-work laws mean they have to actually fight to retain customers – no more guaranteed income.

  • Fish pedicure case goes to court

    Posted on January 15, 2013 | Type: In the News

    A civil trial began Monday in a case by an Arizona salon owner who is challenging an order from cosmetology regulators that forced her to stop offering pedicures that use fish to nibble the dead skin off people's feet.

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