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June 06, 2018

A gift? You shouldn’t have!

Public employee unions and sympathetic legislatures in many states have combined to perpetuate union power. One way they do this is by getting government employers – like a school district – to pay union leaders to work for the union. They negotiate a contract that gives certain teachers "release time" – basically, excusing them from ...

September 13, 2016

Arizona Supreme Court: Taxpayers must subsidize public employee union lobbyists

More than two years after oral argument, a majority of the Arizona Supreme Court today sided with Phoenix unions to require taxpayers to pay for union lobbyists ostensibly employed by the police department.  The court split 3-2 in the case, Cheatham v. DiCiccio. Justice Clint Bolick—former Goldwater Institute counsel for the plaintiffs, William ...

April 12, 2016

Arizona Supreme Court to decide if taxpayers must pay the salaries of union employees

The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the police officers' union, negotiated a contract whereby the city pays full salary and overtime for six full-time and 35 part-time employees who report to the union, and do the union's work, including lobbying. This is called "release time." The union benefitted to the ...

June 24, 2014

Oral argument in the Phoenix union release case

On June 17, the Arizona Court of Appeals heard argument in Cheatham v. Diciccio to decide whether Phoenix's contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), whereby the city pays full salary and overtime for six full-time and 35 part-time employees who report to the union, and do the union's work, violates the Arizona Constitution's ...

April 28, 2014

Why should a city’s taxpayers pay the salaries of union employees?

The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the police officers' union, negotiated a contract whereby the city pays full salary and overtime for six full-time and 35 part-time employees who report to the union, and do the union's work.  That's an estimated $900,000 of taxpayer money to subsidize 31,000 hours of ...