Last week, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower courtâ€™s July ruling that a proposed state constitutional amendment that sought to restrict how workers can vote in union representation elections was unconstitutional.Â Not surprisingly, itâ€™s being pushed by opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act.
But that hasnâ€™tÂ stopped Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and the Republican-controlled state legislature from taking a swing at workers and their unions. Brewer called a special session of the legislature and the state Senate and House today passed a measure to put the anti-union amendment on the November ballot.
Talk about fear of unions and real worker rights, even if passed, the amendment wouldnâ€™t go into effect unless Congress passes and the president signs the Employee Free Choice Act.
Rebekah Friend, executive director of the Arizona AFL-CIO, tells the Arizona Republic:
Theyâ€™re making a law that pre-empts a law that hasnâ€™t even passed.
Of course knowing Brewerâ€™s and the legislatureâ€™s anti-immigrant hysteria, their anti-union panic isnâ€™t a real shock.
For more on the special session and the amendment from the Arizona AFL-CIO click here.
This post originally appeared in AFL-CIO blog on August 11, 2010. Reprinted with permission.
About The Author: Mike Hall is a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journal and managing editor of the Seafarers Log. He came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and have written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety.