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Federal Court Upholds 'Save Our Secret Ballot' (NLRB loses!)
Goldwater Institute ^ | September 5, 2012 | Lucy Caldwell

Posted on 09/05/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT by inkling

Phoenix—In a strong rebuke to the Obama Administration Wednesday, federal district court Judge Frederick J. Martone ruled that the Secret Ballot Amendment, which protects workers’ right to secret ballot in union-organizing elections, is constitutional.

Drafted by the Goldwater Institute in 2009, the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment was added in 2010 to state constitutions in Arizona, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah, by voter majorities ranging from 60 to 86 percent.

The constitutional amendment was sought after President Obama and congressional Democrats attempted to end the use of secret ballots in union-organizing elections and force workers into a system called “card check,” which would make it easier for unions to organize and open up the system to abuse by union organizers.

“Today’s ruling is a huge victory for federalism and the authority of states to protect the rights of their citizens,” declared Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation. “In the backdrop of continued power grabs by federal agencies like the NLRB, this ruling affirms that vital protections such as the right to secret ballot can remain in place.”

(Excerpt) Read more at goldwaterinstitute.org ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cardcheck; federalism; labor; nlrb; secretballot

1 posted on 09/05/2012 5:22:53 PM PDT by inkling
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To: inkling

Wow, all kinds of judge happiness coming from Arizona today.


2 posted on 09/05/2012 5:24:52 PM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: inkling

Wake me up when the revoke the “right” of collective bargaining and people can voluntarily contract to work or not work with whomever they want.


3 posted on 09/05/2012 5:27:44 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: inkling
Excellent...The union thugs will go ballistic.
4 posted on 09/05/2012 5:29:50 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I wonder if this ruling came AFTER Gangsta-thug mobster Trumka’s speech today. LOL


5 posted on 09/05/2012 5:32:00 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: inkling

good news

secret ballot is bedrock of freedom in a democracy


6 posted on 09/05/2012 5:33:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: jazusamo

This is still just leaving the ball where it is, we still have to push them back somehow


7 posted on 09/05/2012 5:35:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: inkling

The American communist party takes another one in the shorts.


8 posted on 09/05/2012 5:35:50 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
I've no idea but I'd bet it did, if it had come before that RAT Trumka spoke he wouldn't have been able to speak due to apoplexy. LOL!
9 posted on 09/05/2012 5:37:20 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: GeronL

You’re right and that won’t happen until the turkey in the WH is gone.


10 posted on 09/05/2012 5:39:25 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: MrDem

Guess we folks in AZ aren’t so dumb after all.


11 posted on 09/05/2012 5:40:37 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: inkling

I think the Dems downfall in 09 began when they somehow couldn’t pass national card check, despite having legislative control and the POTUS.

That was the real key to unionizing tens of millions of jobs and providing perpetual re-election to Dems.


12 posted on 09/05/2012 5:42:04 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: inkling

Ubama and his rat thugs, slapped down again!


13 posted on 09/05/2012 5:46:16 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: GeronL

“good news” fur shure! “NLRB loses!” but NRBQ wins!


14 posted on 09/05/2012 5:47:49 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: inkling

A win for both business and the American people.


15 posted on 09/05/2012 5:47:55 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: MrDem

Divine intervention! You can see it everywhere!


16 posted on 09/05/2012 5:54:42 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: Tublecane
Wake me up when the revoke the “right” of collective bargaining and people can voluntarily contract to work or not work with whomever they want.

I take it you have a problem with the right of free association.

The problem isn't unions, it's union monopoly. Employee-owned companies marketing an array of skilled labor in a free market is a good thing.

Work to amend the NRLA and stop your pining.

17 posted on 09/05/2012 6:13:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Pride in the USA

A nice bit of good news amidst the crazy.


18 posted on 09/05/2012 6:56:37 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Carry_Okie

Check your definition of “Right”!! What gives anybody the “Right” to collective bargaining?


19 posted on 09/05/2012 6:59:56 PM PDT by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: inkling

When push comes to shove, as I believe it must, Arizona and Texas will be in the forefront defending this Republic.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 7:48:06 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: inkling

A true victory for workers’ rights.


21 posted on 09/05/2012 8:32:32 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Forrestfire
Check your definition of “Right”!!

I don't need to. Check your definition of "free association." Included therein is the right to enter into contracts. People therefore have an absolute right to select their representatives.

What gives anybody the “Right” to collective bargaining?

What gives you the right to hire a lawyer, real estate agent, or mayor? Free association. It's why "governments are instituted AMONG men." If you don't like it, fire the lot of them. Reagan did.

22 posted on 09/05/2012 10:00:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Carry_Okie

“I take it you have a problem with the right of free association”

You take it wrong.

“it’s union monopoly”

You’re absolutely right. And what is the unions’ biggest advantage? Not open voting. It’s the so-called “right” to collectively borrow. Free Association would be for the epmloyer to negotiate or not with whomever he wants no matter whether workers unionize or not.

“Work to amend the NRLA and stop your pining”

I reserve along with free association the right to pine. Why can’t we repeal the NRLA? Not practically. I realize we’ll never revisit pre-New Deal days. But morally, I don’t abide the NRLA at all.


23 posted on 09/05/2012 11:01:11 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Carry_Okie

“Check your definition of ‘free association.’ Included therein is the right to enter into contracts.”

You don’t seem to know what collective bargaining is.

“People have an absolute right to select their representatives.

Okay, but do employers have to care? That’s the point. Workers can group up and elect representatives all they want. There is no right to have it amount to anything.


24 posted on 09/05/2012 11:08:14 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Carry_Okie

Borrow = bargain


25 posted on 09/05/2012 11:09:10 PM PDT by Tublecane
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