PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA; AMENDING ARTICLE II, CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA, BY ADDING SECTION 36; RELATING TO THE RIGHT TO VOTE A SECRET BALLOT REGARDING EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION.
SECTION 36. THE RIGHT TO VOTE BY SECRET BALLOT FOR EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION IS FUNDAMENTAL AND SHALL BE GUARANTEED WHERE LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL LAW PERMITS OR REQUIRES ELECTIONS, DESIGNATIONS OR AUTHORIZATIONS FOR EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION.
Proposition 113 would amend the Arizona Constitution to guarantee the fundamental right to vote by secret ballot when a local, state or federal law permits or requires an election, designation or authorization for employee representation.
Unfortunately, radical progressives in Congress are trying to tilt the playing field in favor of labor union bosses, who are their biggest political allies. They have introduced the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (aka Card Check), to deny working Americans the right to a secret ballot in union elections.
If Congress takes away secret ballot elections for employee representation, ordinary workers would be subject to an increase in intimidation tactics by labor unions. Union bosses and organizers would be able to visit employees at the workplace and at their homes and pressure them to publicly accept union representation.
The economic result of losing the secret union ballot would be to impose an increase in labor costs on small businesses. Decent wages and pay raises come from greater productivity, not from government-backed union coercion. Because the union-government racket does nothing to increase productivity, it can only give some workers higher wages by putting other workers in the unemployment line.
By voting YES on Proposition 113, Arizona citizens will enshrine our right to a secret ballot in the Arizona Constitution. We will thus create a judicial obstacle to the efforts of the radicals in Congress, and we will put those radicals on notice that Arizonans support worker freedom.
The right to vote a secret ballot is a fundamental freedom guaranteed all Americans. Unfortunately, certain special interests are spending millions of dollars in an effort to strip Americans of this right.
Proposition 113 simply guarantees that all Arizonans will be able to vote a secret ballot in any union election. This measure represents the foundation of American democracy and is a direct reaction to attempts at the federal level to pass so-called `card-check' legislation that would undermine that fundamental freedom.
A secret ballot ensures that Arizonans can safely and freely vote for the representative of their choosing without intimidation. It is imperative that we protect this basic freedom and the voice of the individual citizen. With this constitutional amendment in place, voters will not fear retaliation for casting their vote one way or another, thereby encouraging more Arizonans to exercise this basic freedom.
For more than a half-century, elections in the workplace have ensured voting without fear of intimidation and retribution. The secret ballot has guaranteed that the voter's decision is his or hers alone, and that no one is forced to cast a ballot with which he or she disagrees.
Citizens throughout the world envy our ability to choose our political, professional and employment representation without oversight by those with vested interests. Now Congress, at the behest of Big Labor, is seeking to undo this tried and true tradition. Voter intimidation is wrong, whether it comes from a union boss or an employee's boss. With a secret ballot, you're the boss. That's why it is important that this privilege is underscored through this constitutional amendment to guarantee Arizona's employees the right to a secret ballot in the workplace.
We have always employed the secret ballot in our federal, state and local elections giving the voters the privacy to make their own personal decisions without concern about any type of retribution or backlash from those who might disagree with their decision.
Proposition 113 will not make unionization any more difficult than it is now. Nothing in this proposal is taking away any rights or privileges that would allow employees to properly select union representation. In fact it preserves the process that is in place presently and has been in place for many decades.
Rather it will protect employees from any undue pressure, whether real or perceived, that may be applied in the unionization decision-making process. And likewise it will protect employers from unionization through intimidation - something that could add unnecessary expense to the cost of doing business and actually result in loss of jobs in the future. A secret ballot protects everyone and provides a level playing field with the same opportunity for communication by all.
The process for determining whether to establish a union in Arizona has a long and established history. This process is certainly not broken, nor does it require preventative maintenance. If it isn't broken, we certainly don't need it "fixed".
Currently, the election process to organize a workplace is guaranteed by federal law and administered by the National Labor Relations Board. It ensures that neither a union nor an employer may coerce, harass or restrain employees in exercising their right to choose whether or not to support the union. Each employee's choice is made in the privacy of a voting booth, with neither the employer nor the union knowing how any individual voted.
However, there are increasing efforts by organized labor to force union recognition on small businesses outside of the protected secret ballot process. The use of so-called `card-check agreements' has become a critical component of Big Labor's organizing strategy, since unions have struggled for years to win private-sector workplace elections.
Prop. 113 will help ensure Arizona's proud Right-to-Work traditions are honored while protecting the fundamental voting rights of our citizens and workers. The National Federation of Independent Business believes Prop. 113 will provide our essential and beleaguered engines of job creation, our small businesses, the constitutional support needed to stop at our state's borders the deceptively titled Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or other backdoor efforts to impose `card check' on Arizona.
Arizona small business owners strongly support passage of Prop. 113. A July survey of NFIB/Arizona's 7,500 members found 83 percent in favor of the Save Our Secret Ballot proposition against less than 10 percent opposing it.
Congressional efforts like `card check' are an assault on free enterprise with the potential to permanently cripple Arizona's economy. Prop. 113's protections will be a valuable shield for workers to defend against federal rules mandating that employers succumb to forced unionization without first holding a secret-ballot employee election.
Arizonans deserve to vote on ballot measures that are straightforward and honest about what they do. Unfortunately, Proposition 113 is yet another deceptive ballot measure that claims to uphold our Arizonan values of freedom and fairness while actually selling them out. The corporate CEOs who back this proposition want to keep in place a system that puts employees at the bottom and silences your voice at work. Vote NO on Proposition 113, and keep Arizona free and fair.
Arizonans deserve real input into the issues facing their state, like how we will bring good jobs and quality education back to Arizona. Instead, Republican leadership sent to voters the misleading and meaningless Proposition 113. This proposition would have almost no effect on the vast majority of Arizonans. Rather, this attack on your protected rights at work would put the State of Arizona head on with a lawsuit that will cost taxpayer money. By saying NO to Proposition 113, we can save our limited resources for important things like more teachers and police officers. We'll also say NO to more deceptive, anti-worker ballot measures like Proposition 113.
Arizonans deserve ballot measures that ask us to decide on real issues--not just play a role in a corporate group's publicity stunt. The backers of this ballot measure even admit that it would have little real effect in Arizona, but would use this vote to promote some national agenda of theirs. Proposition 113 is simply a publicity stunt at taxpayer expense that has no place in our democracy. Vote NO on Proposition 113, and keep Arizona free and fair.
The inevitable legal challenges, to this clearly unconstitutional referendum, will cost Arizona taxpayers considerable amounts of tax dollars at a time of limited resources. We need to be working on fixing our schools and bringing jobs to our state.
Prop 113 is an anti-employee ballot measure that would limit workers' rights and their ability to organize a collective voice by forming a union. Arizona workers should be able to decide if they want to form a union. This decision should be theirs alone and not their employers'.
Arizona workers deserve a fair opportunity to determine whether or not to organize together. They have a right to make this decision free of employer harassment, delay, and other unfair tactics commonly practiced.
Do not be fooled by the deceptive title of this proposition. Under current federal law, an employer can choose to request a secret ballot election by the workers, even if more than 50 percent of the workers request union representation. The employer also can choose to accept the union as the workers' representative without the time and expense of an election.
Prop 113 would require an election, even if 100 percent of the workers request union representation. Prop 113 would require an election by workers even if the employer agrees that no election is needed. Requiring an election under these circumstances is an unnecessary waste of time and money for both business and employees.
Arizonans can defeat Prop 113 and still use a secret ballot. Secret ballot elections are often part of the current process for forming a union; however, this election process can be manipulated by the employer, who may fire, intimidate, or otherwise unfairly treat workers in order to influence the outcome of an election.
Proposition 113 is misleading and should be rejected by voters. Union and nonunion workers should be offended by the selfish interests of the Arizona State Legislature, "returning the favor" to their corporate sponsors by producing this ill-conceived referendum. Despite media interpretations, Arizona workers already have the freedom to choose whether or not they want to join a Union. In fact, proposed legislation in Washington will not strip the decision for a secret ballot election to form a Union. Currently, it is the employer who makes the decision, and creates the roadblocks, to hold that election. If passed, the proposed Washington legislation would put the decision to hold a secret ballot election into the hands of the workers. Contrasting those employers and associations who would be affected by this state referendum, the number of employers who are signatory with the IBEW in Arizona is getting larger. These are the employers who should be praised by our State Representatives for their corporate citizenship. These employers not only pay fair wages for a fair day's work, but they provide paid family medical benefits, retirement security, and spend, as an industry, over $1,000,000 of private investment, every year, providing training to their workforce. You will not find these provisions with any nonunion employer or association. Construction Trade Unions, in particular, not only represent the workers, but we bring overall value to the customer by working with our employer partners on improving construction efficiency and training for new innovations in technology. So, in comparison, we have a union represented industry providing value and solutions to a growing and evolving construction market; and State Legislators, with all the power and money, having nothing to contribute except for calling the union representatives "thugs"... Really?? Did they remove all the mirrors in their personal lives?
Protect your rights in the workplace by voting against Proposition 113. Working Arizonans know that Prop 113 is a misleading ballot initiative that would make it harder for workers to exercise their right to organize. The so called "secret ballot" proposition makes union elections less fair and allows unscrupulous employers to interrogate and threaten workers. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that all of Arizona's workers have the right to earn a living wage and have safe working conditions. Allowing workers the right to organize helps all of Arizona's workers by setting higher prevailing wages and workplace standards. Take a stand for fair organizing practices and vote NO on Proposition 113.
The people of Arizona deserve a free and fair choice to form a union at their workplace. Proposition 113, however, attempts to silence the voices of working Arizonans and puts the interests of employees at the bottom. Vote NO on Proposition 113, and keep Arizona free and fair.
During this recession, Arizonans need the job security, affordable healthcare and better wages that union jobs can provide. Proposition 113 attacks your economic security by locking in place a system that benefits employers and hurts working Arizonans. For nearly fifty years, Congress has failed to fix our broken federal labor law, and now corporate CEOs want to make things even worse. This would ban majority sign-up, a fair and democratic way to form a union that has been used across the United States for decades. Vote NO on Proposition 113, and keep Arizona free and fair.
In a truly democratic election, both sides should be able to air their views and voters should be free of coercion. But under these so-called "secret ballot elections" mandated by Proposition 113, employers have the ability to delay voting for months and months, giving them more opportunities to intimidate employees and silence union supporters. No worker has a free and fair choice when management has threatened to close the workplace or cut wages if the union wins. Vote NO on Proposition 113, and tell corporate CEOs that Arizonans want and deserve a free and fair choice to form a union at their workplace.
Proposition 113 is another effort by the legislature to deceive voters into enacting a constitutional change that serves big-spending lobbyists and their clients, not the people of Arizona. Cloaked in a phony argument that secret ballot elections are under attack, this constitutional amendment would perpetuate the current system that allows management to repeatedly delay union elections while they intimidate the workers and would forever bar workers from choosing any other method of forming a union. Not satisfied with no-strings-attached bailouts and unending special interest legislation that allow their clients to avoid paying taxes, the big-money lobbyists want the voters to stack the deck further in favor of big money clients. They court our legislators, wining and dining them in exclusive sky-boxes at prestigious sporting events. Is it any wonder the legislature is only too happy to place deceptive special interest legislation like this on the ballot?
If the backers of this measure think the voters should support Prop 113, they should have gone to the trouble and expense of securing voters' signatures for a citizens' initiative. Instead, our legislators bowed to national interest groups who are promoting this measure across the country and chose to save them hundreds of thousands of dollars by referring this measure directly to the ballot. They even cost Arizonans the thousands of dollars necessary for a special legislative session to put it on the ballot. Workers should have the freedom to choose if they want to organize and how they want to organize. We do not need a constitutional amendment barring all but one method of organizing - the kind special interests like to manipulate. We urge voters to reject Prop 113.
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