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>

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

Government unions claim “meet and confer” collective bargaining only promotes innocent brainstorming between government employees and employers about work conditions. But in reality, as with any other collective bargaining law, meet and confer laws legalize a shakedown of the taxpayer.

Government unions are trying to derail a series of common-sense reforms that would save taxpayers billions. During a rally at the Arizona State Capitol on March 1, 2012, union leaders bashed the Goldwater Institute and forward-thinking legislators for wanting to protect the pocketbooks of middle-class families in the state.

Unruly, inept and ineffective state workers would face more swift and sure discipline under an overhaul of government personnel rules being pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Unruly, inept and ineffective state workers would face more swift and sure discipline under an overhaul of government personnel rules being pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Nick Dranias joined KFYI's Mike Broomhead to discuss the protest against government union reforms.

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Labor unions plan to rally in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday afternoon to protest four bills quickly moving through the state Legislature that could make last year's Wisconsin labor laws look modest by comparison.

Coverage of the union reform bills approved today by an Arizona state senate committee highlighted a veiled political threat by a union representative.

In December, the Goldwater Institute filed a constitutional challenge to the City of Phoenix's practice of "release time" within the police union. This practice takes six city police officers off the streets and puts them behind desks to work as full-time union managers, 35 to work as part-time union representatives, and one to work full time as a union lobbyist — all while collecting city salaries and benefits.

Nick Dranias, J.D., Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute
Byron Schlomach, Ph.D., Director, Center for Economic Prosperity, Goldwater Institute
Stephen Slivinski, M.A., Senior Economist, Goldwater Institute

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