Union deception front and center
In yet another stunning example of the Arizona República’s leftward madness, Mary Jo Pitzl crafts a report (hidden behind a paywall) titled “Public-employee union dues back in legislative spotlight.” As might be expected, she pays fast and loose with the truth.
Rep. Michelle Ugenti, (R-LD 23) has introduced HB 2026 which requires local governments to take a vote by the end of the year on whether to deduct union dues from employee paychecks. If they fail to do so, they will be barred from the practice.
Pitzl deceptively says House Bill 2026 is a kinder, gentler approach to a proposal last year that would have banned the deduction option altogether. “That bill,“ she cunningly writes, “stalled in the Senate and never made it to the House.”
In truth, the union reform bills passed in the Senate didn’t “die in the House” because they never came up for a vote. They “died in the desk” — House Speaker Andy Tobin’s desk.
Read what state Sen. Rick Murphy (R-LD 21) revealed about the union-related bills, already passed in the senate, and withheld by Tobin. But further into her “report,” Pitzl shamelessly repeats the fallacy regarding two other bills Murphy “championed through the Senate last year only to see them die in the House.”
For his part, Murphy would require government employees who belong to a union to annually authorize the deduction of union dues from their paychecks, instead of the continuous authorization currently in place. A second bill would ban the practice of giving union officials time off from their government duties to work on union matters.
The Goldwater Institute challenged the City of Phoenix’ contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying.
More trickery passing as news from the newspaper. Although in Delivering news in the Digital Age, referred to in this post, publisher John Zidich actually admits to a desire to enhance “storytelling” capabilities.
Looks like they’re right on target.