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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A Wisconsin-style showdown with AZ public employees?Posted on May 13, 2011 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared live on KPNX Channel 12's LunchCast to debate the changes Gov. Jan Brewer is proposing to public employment in the state of Arizona. Watch it here
Defusing the Pension Bomb: Making Retirement Plans Solvent for All Public WorkersPosted on April 27, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
Arizona’s current public pension systems are costly, present needless risk to taxpayers, and drain tax resources from other potential uses. If policies are not changed, taxpayers will be on the hook to pay for these bloated plans far into the future, and other government programs may have to go on the chopping block to pay for pension benefits. Young employees, part of whose salaries are funding current pensions, are also at risk of never receiving the benefits they’ve already paid for if pension funds collapse under the weight of poor policy.
Arizona's brewing union battlePosted on March 03, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
2011 may very well mark the year that many policymakers and citizens nationwide take action to curb the corrosive influence of unions. In the public sector, they create costs and inefficiencies, from inflated pension and health care costs to cumbersome work rules. In the private sector, they make companies uncompetitive and promote unemployment due to artificially high wages and benefits.
Why do the union protests in WI matter in AZ?Posted on February 23, 2011 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades went live on Channel 12 to debate State Senator Kyrsten Sinema about the union protests in Wisconsin and how it could affect unions in Arizona.
Civil Service Rules Keep Inept Government Employees on the JobPosted on December 08, 2010 | Type: Press Release
PHOENIX – Dismissing incompetent or disruptive government employees in Arizona has become a nightmare of paperwork and delay. Workers can be placed on leave for months at a time – getting paid their full salaries but not required to do their jobs – while administrative investigations drag on.