To all LD-25 Republicans!
Government employee unions in Arizona are out of control.
Government employee unions withhold dues automatically from employee wages, siphon political funds out of paychecks without safeguards for employees who disagree with the unions’ political agendas, and give workers paid time off (on the taxpayer’s dime!) to engage in pro-union lobbying. Then, the unions meet and confer with elected officials (many of whom they helped elect) in closed-door meetings! Finally, the unions use all that money and paid time off to lobby for more taxpayer dollars and to block pro-market and pro-consumer reforms such as school choice!
And then there is union political spending, which is heavily partisan. According to data available at the Secretary of State’s website, government employee unions gave money to the Democrat and Republican parties in a ratio of 48 to 1. Even in House legislative races, where the unions were reportedly going to go “easy” on Republicans, the ratio of support for Democrats versus Republicans was four to one. On the Senate side, the partisan spending ratio was 13 to 1. This involuntary, partisan spending by union bosses does not reflect rank-and-file workers’ political views.
ASK BOB WORSLEY TO VOTE FOR UNION REFORM BILLS
State Senator Bob Worsley (R-Mesa/LD25) failed to defend taxpayers and voted against a key union reform bill, Paycheck Protection (SB 1182) on Thursday, February 21. Please contact him and encourage him to allow vote for Paycheck Protection and ALL of the union reform bills next time around. Rather than following a failed policy of trying to appease the unions, conservatives need to take away the unions’ political slush funds. Please contact Sen. Worsley (firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 602-926-) with the following short message: “I am writing/calling to respectfully request that you vote for ALL of the labor reform bills (especially SB 1349 — Paycheck Protection — but also HB 2438, HB 2330, HB 2343 and HB 2026) when they come to floor and/or committee votes.
Paycheck Protection (SB 1349 and HB 2438) — Of the labor reforms moving in the Legislature this year, passing Paycheck Protection is the most important objective for 2013. Aside from the principled objective of protecting workers’ freedom of association, the political impact of Paycheck Protection cannot be overstated. After Washington passed Paycheck Protection, teacher union PAC funds in that State shrank by 75 percent. After Utah passed the reform, teacher union political funds shrank by 90 percent. Paycheck Protection (SB 1349 and HB 2438) would prohibit government employers from taking money from employee’s paychecks for political activities without express annual authorization.
Transparency in government union negotiations (HB 2330) — HB 2330 would protect taxpayers by requiring that union collective bargaining (“meet-and-confer”) be subject to the same open meeting laws as other government meetings, including the requirement that meetings be recorded by audiovisual means.
Reform abuses of government union release time (HB 2343) — HB 2343 would protect taxpayers by prohibiting governments from giving government workers paid time off (on the taxpayer dime!) for engaging in pro-union lobbying.