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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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  • Goldwater Institute Seeks Second Preliminary Injunction in Release Time Case

    Posted on July 02, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    Institute asking court to halt release time in new contract between City of Phoenix and PLEA

  • Phoenix Shouldn't Flout County Judges Decision

    Posted on June 23, 2012 | Type: In the News

    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.

  • Judge Halts Union Release Time

    Posted on June 06, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    Maricopa County Superior Court Katherine Cooper ruled in favor of the Goldwater Institute Friday 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.

  • Judge Orders Friday Hearing in Union Release Time Lawsuit

    Posted on May 24, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    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.

  • Update on Release Time

    Posted on May 18, 2012 | Type: Blog

    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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