Workplace Freedom

When it comes to unionizing, workers should be free of intimidation. The Goldwater Institute’s Save Our Secret Ballot effort is ensuring workers have anonymous ballots in union votes.

<p>When it comes to unionizing, workers should be free of intimidation. The Goldwater Institute’s Save Our Secret Ballot effort is ensuring workers have anonymous ballots in union votes.</p>

When I moved to Arizona seven years ago, two things happened related to my legal practice. First, I was invited to teach a continuing legal education class for Arizona lawyers on property rights law. Second, I was told I could not practice law until I passed the Arizona bar exam. Good enough to teach, but not good enough to do.

John Stossel interviews the Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick on the troubling practice of "release time," which pays government employees tax dollars to do nothing but union work.

Learn more about our effort to stop this waste here.

Phoenix, AZ — The Goldwater Institute is asking the Maricopa County Superior Court to once again grant a preliminary injunction in Cheatham v. Gordon, the Institute’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of release time provisions in the City of Phoenix’s labor contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, which allow city employees to perform union work on police time.

When a judge tells you you're breaking the law, it's generally not a good idea to thumb your nose at her. Yet that's exactly what Phoenix is doing.

Phoenix — Maricopa County Superior Court Katherine Cooper ruled in favor of the Goldwater Institute Tuesday to enjoin provisions of a contract between the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association allowing officers to perform union work on police time.

Phoenix – The judge presiding over Cheatham v. Gordon, the Goldwater Institute case challenging the constitutionality of union ‘release time,’ has ruled on the Institute’s motion for a preliminary injunction, stating “Based on the evidence submitted by both parties, the Court believes that an injunction is likely warranted.” She has further ordered that both sides present additional evidence at a three-hour evidentiary hearing this Friday.

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.

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.

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