Heads up people! This is the bid by Jan Brewer to be the Scott Walker of the West that I have been warning you about for months. Jan Brewer seeks to go well beyond the assault on collective bargaining rights that led to the pending recall election of Scott Walker in Wisconsin. She wants to do away with more than 100 years of civil service merit selection system protection to return to the spoils system of political patronage and the days of Tamanny Hall.
And once again, it the evil bastards at the Goldwater Institute, a partner of ALEC, that has drafted the model legislation. You can bet that their media arm at the anti-union Arizona Republic will be all for this.
Brahm Resnik from Channel 12 news reports Brahm Resnik blog – Sweeping bills attack public employee unions:
Arizona’s Republican Legislature could virtually wipe out public employee unions in a sweeping new package of legislation far broader than the collective-bargaining bills that shut down Wisconsin’s Capitol last spring.
The bills would:
–Make it illegal for government bodies to collectively bargain with employee groups. Public safety unions would be included in the ban.
—End the practice of automatic payroll deductions for union dues.
—Ban compensation of public employees for union work.
Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law enacted last year made unions effectively irrelevant by limiting issues that could be bargained by a government and an employee group. Arizona’s bills would do away with collective bargaining entirely and also go beyond Wisconsin law by including public safety unions.
Coupled with Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to do away with civil-service protections for state employees, the new legislation could make Arizona ground zero for union protests during this election year.
The Goldwater Institute worked with state lawmakers to draw up the bills. The libertarian think tank has churned out research and reports over the past few years highlighting what it views as excesses in public-sector employment.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the guest of honor at Goldwater’s annual dinner last November. Walker had some advice for Arizona legislators when I interviewed him on “Sunday Square Off.”
The package of bills is scheduled for a hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday before the Senate Government Reform Committee.
Watch for more on this story on 12 News at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
I don’t know what the Occupy movement has been doing of late, but this is your call to action. The Madison Revolution in Wisconsin needs to be brought to bear on the Capitol in Phoenix. This assault on the working people of the American middle-class cannot be allowed to stand. It’s time to take a stand against the radical extremists of the right. They want Arizona to be ground zero? Bring it! Everyone to the Capitol on Wednesday.
Action Alert from the Arizona AFL-CIO below the fold.
Well, here we go again. The Republicans in the Legislature have decided to go after Union workers again. Instead of focusing on the creation of jobs and improving education for our children, they have decided you have no right to a collective voice. At this time we do not have the court’s decision on the last round of anti-worker bills they attempted to put into law last session, but the Goldwater Institute has called on their “friends” at the Legislature to try and make sure your freedom to belong to a Union is tied up in endless regulations and restrictions. Why does the Goldwater Institute want your rights compromised?
SB 1485 Unions; Public Employees; Prohibitions
SB 1486 Public Employees; Activities; Unions; Compensation
SB 1487 Government Employees; Union Dues; Withholding
These bills are on the agenda for the Senate Government Reform Committee Wednesday, 2/1/12 at 9am, in Senate Room 3. Please e-mail and call the following committee members to let them know you want a NO vote on these bills. Ask them to focus on the agenda of the voters of Arizona. Tell them we need jobs in Arizona and not restrictions on workers.
Government Reform Committee:
Chairman Rick Murphy: (602) 926-4444 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman: Lori Klein: (602) 926-5284 email@example.com
Frank Antenori: (602) 926-5683 firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Burges: (602) 926-5861 email@example.com
Steve Smith: (602) 926- 5685 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Gallardo: (602) 926-5830 email@example.com
David Lujan: (602)926- 5829 firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: Here is Brahm Resnik’s report from Tuesday on Channel 12.
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