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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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  • Obama's War on the Secret Ballot

    Posted on August 28, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Ken Blackwell

    The Obama Administration has fired its opening salvo against a cornerstone of democracy: the right to secret ballot.

  • The War On The Secret Ballot

    Posted on August 22, 2011 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick

    The Obama administration has fired its opening salvo against a cornerstone of democracy: the right to secret ballot.

  • Big Brother looking over shoulders of daycare centers

    Posted on July 01, 2011 | Type: Video

    The Goldwater Institute's Carrie Ann Sitren went on KTVK Channel 3 to talk about how the government is forcing Arizona daycare centers into following a list of rules or else pay a big price.

  • Defending the right to a secret ballot and Arizona's constitution

    Posted on June 14, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    Last year, voters in Arizona approved Proposition 113, a state constitutional amendment drafted by the Goldwater Institute to protect every worker’s right to a secret-ballot vote if they are asked to join a union. Voters in South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah also added this protection to their state constitutions last year, and more states are signing up this year.

  • National Labor Relations Board v. State of Arizona (Save Our Secret Ballot case)

    Posted on June 13, 2011 | Type: Case

    Arizona voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2010 to expand protection for a worker’s right to vote by secret ballot if asked to join a union. On May 6, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board sued the State of Arizona in federal court to prevent enforcement of the constitutional amendment, claiming federal law pre-empts any protection to workers that the state might offer. The Goldwater Institute has joined the State in opposing the lawsuit on behalf of individual workers to protect the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment and safeguard an individual’s right to decide whether or not to join a labor organization.

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