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 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.

If you've ever signed up for a magazine subscription, bought cable TV, or purchased something from an infomercial, you've probably encountered the automatic renewal process. After the initial subscription period ends, some companies continue charging you until you jump through myriad time-consuming hoops. And you may never get your money back.

If you’ve ever signed up for a magazine subscription, cable TV, or purchased something from an infomercial, you’ve probably encountered the automatic renewal process. After the initial subscription period ends, some companies continue charging you until you jump through myriad time-consuming hoops. And you may never get your money back.

It’s no secret that government unions need reform. Government workers earn nearly twice as much as their private sector counterparts, and taxpayers are paying for it. These inflated salaries and benefits are threatening to bankrupt Arizona cities. On top of that, unions spend millions to influence the outcome of elections, estimated to be $400 million this year alone, and support issues that are at odds with the limited government policies you and I support. 

I’ll be blunt. Last year’s tepid reforms to the state’s pension systems were not enough.

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