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Arizona can deal a blow to unions through Prop. 113

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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 5:30 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Sun Oct 24, 2010.

It’s time to let President Obama and his union lackeys know how Arizona feels about unions and their impact on our economy. A “yes” vote on Proposition 113 can do just that.

On Nov. 2, Arizonans will have the opportunity to protect workers and union members by guaranteeing them their right of voting via secret ballots. We can continue to protect Arizona workers and our state’s economy from union bosses, their cronies and their thug-like tactics of pressuring workers to do something they don’t feel comfortable with. A “yes” vote will ensure that Arizona workers will maintain their right to vote by secret ballot.

Proposition 113 is a pre-emptive response to protect these rights. If federal “card check” legislation passes, then unions could simply be formed with the signatures and consent of at least half of the affected workers. This would lead to the bypassing of one our main constitutional rights that the men and women in uniform continue to fight to preserve — a right to vote in a fair election and have your voice heard without outside influence. But Obama and his Democrat pals want to eliminate the democratic process. This could leave state laborers facing unfair pressure from fellow workers and union leaders.

Are we shocked, though? The president has been in bed with unions since he decided to run for the Oval Office.

SEIU President Andy Stern has said, “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama, $60.7 million to be exact, and we’re proud of it.” He continued, “You know, people are making investments in politics, and they expect a return on their investments.”

In other words, the unions are ready for their ROI! More union sign-ups translates to a bigger bottom line for each union. A bigger bottom line for each union translates into more campaign contributions for Democrats. Around and around we go.

Maybe it wasn’t enough that the Obama Administration devalued stockholders’ interest in General Motors. The president also handed 17.3 percent of the company to the United Autoworkers Union, leaving investors disenfranchised. What about their return on investment?

Jimmy Hoffa Jr., the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, last year said: “Since when is the secret ballot a basic tenet of democracy?”

Is this guy serious? Aren’t all general elections conducted in secret? Do people look over your shoulder when you go to the polls and pressure you on how to vote?

Taking into account that unions have life-altering effects on their members and the decision to form a union can have lasting ramifications on a worker’s financial future, you should have the right to vote and vote in private. You should always be allowed to vote your conscious. Why would anyone want to take that right away? To not allow workers to vote in private allows for intimidation tactics that have plagued the American economy.

Yet, the Department of Justice has given a pass to the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation. Michelle Obama’s polling-place gaffe was brushed off by the media as an oversight. Are we really surprised that the administration is supporting those who wish to abolish your rights to a private ballot?

Let’s be proactive and stand up, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Arizonans. Let’s protect our rights, our economy and our state. Vote “yes” on Proposition 113.

Mike Russell contributed to this article.

Michael Weinstein is co-host of the “The Mike & Winey Show” which can be heard from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Sunday on KFYI (550 AM)

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