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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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  • Save Taxpayers Tens of Billions of Dollars: End Government-Sector Collective Bargaining

    Posted on January 24, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    Civil servants should serve the public. Honest politicians must end policies and agreements that put their interests and those of government employees ahead of those of citizens at large. This report shows how.

  • Do Police Officers Pay for Release Time?

    Posted on January 18, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl

    The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit challenging Phoenix’s “release time” practice that sends six city police officers to work as full-time union managers, 35 to work as part-time union representatives, and one to work as a union lobbyist. Although these employees are released from city duties to perform union duties, taxpayers continue to pay the officers’ salaries and benefits.

  • Public sector collective bargaining threatens right to work states too

    Posted on December 14, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Despite claims that “right to work” states do not recognize collective bargaining by public employees, the truth is that “meet and confer” laws are collective bargaining laws. And that has big ramifications for longsuffering taxpayers nationwide.

  • Gov. Scott Walker at the 2011 Goldwater Dinner

    Posted on November 30, 2011 | Type: Blog

    On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner. Watch his speech with an introduction by former Arizona Representative and Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow John Shadegg.

  • The real lesson to learn from Ohio

    Posted on November 15, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Although labor unions have been trumpeting their success in overturning Ohio’s ban on public sector collective bargaining after it was referred to the ballot in last week’s election, their victory was more about voter confusion than political strength. They successfully obscured the critical distinction between private sector and public sector unions. That distinction makes all the difference because it is precisely what justifies a ban on collective bargaining in the public sector that could never be justified in the private sector.

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