AZ Union Rule Repealed

Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s parting gift to Big Labor has been repealed:

Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order Thursday repealing the move by her predecessor to require state agencies to meet with unions representing state workers.

Brewer said the “meet and confer” requirement is inconsistent with constitutional provisions making Arizona a “right to work” state. That prohibits anyone from being required to join a union to get or maintain a job.

Brewer said she feared the order, signed by Janet Napolitano after she knew she was quitting to take a job in the Obama administration but a month before she actually left, “unnecessarily exposes the state to legal claims” and conflicts with the constitution.