MODERATOR RICH DUBEK: Thank you, very much. And on the pro side of 113 is Lucy Morrow Caldwell, Campaign Coordinator for Save Our Secret Ballot Arizona.
MS. LUCY MORROW CALDWELL : Thank you. President Obama and Democrats are right now working to fundamentally change the way that shops get unionized. The goal of Save Our Secret Ballot is to ensure that their plan never takes effect in Arizona.
Currently, when Unions wants to organize a business, they have to collect signatures from 30 percent of employees. Then there's a campaign where both the Union and the company get to make their case. Then there's a vote. Workers get to vote on whether or not they want to unionize, and their ballots are secret. A pretty good system.
But Union bosses want to take away workers rights to secret ballots. Instead, they want to be able to go directly to workers homes, maybe at night or on weekends, and use tactics to persuade them to sign Union cards.
They're proposing a law where one-half of employee's sign Union cards, the company is immediately unionized. No campaign, no election, certainly no secret ballot.
These new rules would apply to businesses with as few as ten employees. If you think economic recovery is slow now, imagine how slow it would be if the Unions have their way.
A businessman with nine employees and thinking of hiring his tenth, would have weigh the upside of growing a business against the downside of potentially having his business unionized overnight.
Why do Union bosses want this? Membership has waned in recent years, but if this policy passes, they predict their Union membership will triple, which will drastically increase their funding for political activism.
I would bet my Opponent is going to tell you that Prop 113 is sharply slanted toward allowing employer intimidation. But if it's intimidation you fear, why would not want a secret ballot? Employee intimidation is wrong. It's wrong when it comes from the employee's boss and from the Union boss.
But with the secret ballot, you the worker are the boss. That's probably why time after time this issue polls highest among Union households. No one is more aware of the threat of Union intimidation than Union members. They don't want to take away the secret ballot. It's the privileged Union bosses who do.
All 113 does is make sure that workers have a secret ballot where no intimidation can take place. When you vote by secret ballot, you can't be intimidated. Let's protect that.
My Opponent tonight is a long-time Clean Elections Advocate, and so I would ask, what's cleaner than a secret ballot? Vote yes on Prop 113 and save workers rights.