IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT
To all Arizona Taxpayers,
Last Thursday (February 21), four GOP state senators failed to do the right thing by Arizona’s taxpayers, preventing SB 1182, a Paycheck Protection union reform bill (description below), from passing in the Arizona Senate. The following four Senators joined all of the Senate Democrats in voting No on SB 1182:
Sen. Rich Crandall (R-Mesa/LD16) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3020
Sen. Adam Driggs (R-Paradise Valley/LD28) email@example.com 602-926-3016
Sen. John McComish (R-Ahwatukee/LD 18) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5898
Sen. Bob Worsley (R-Mesa/LD 25) email@example.com 602-926-5760
Also, include Sen. Steve Pierce (R-Yavapai County/LD1), who was absent for the vote:
Please contact all five of those Senators and ask them to support the Arizona taxpayer and worker freedom by voting for Paycheck Protection the next time it comes to the Senate floor or to any Senate committees. Your email or phone message can be as simple as “I am writing/calling to respectfully request that you vote for Paycheck Protection the next time you get a chance.”
ALSO: CONTACT HOUSE LEADERSHIP
Please contact the two gatekeepers in the House Rules Committee, House Speaker Andy Tobin (R-Yavapai County) and House Rules Chairman Bob Robson (R-Ahwatukee/Chandler), and encourage them to allow ALL of the union reform bills to get out of the Rules Committee. Rather than following a failed policy of trying to appease the unions, conservative Legislators need to take away the unions’ political slush funds. Please contact Rep. Bob Robson (firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 602-926-5549) and Rep. Andy Tobin (email@example.com and/or 602-926-5172) with the following short message: “I am writing/calling to respectfully request that you allow ALL of the labor reform bills (SB 1349, HB 2438, HB 2330, HB 2343 and HB 2026) to get out of the Rules Committee and go to floor votes in the House.”
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 on candidates was 13 to 1. This involuntary, partisan spending by union bosses does not reflect rank-and-file workers’ political views.
Paycheck Protection (SB 1349, SB 1142 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 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.
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For Liberty, Tom
Americans for Prosperity