A Principled Choice, Amendment 47

The Denver Post today http://www.denverpost.com/busi… provides what seems like the beginning of a series on the background of choices we have at the ballot box.

Interestingly the media has yet to pick up on the tie-in to existing rights that Colorado’s government workers enjoy today … the right to choose not to pay Union agency fees.

The governor’s principled and moral judgement protected employees from forced union dues and forced union agency fees – effectively avoiding forced unionism when he allowed the unions to organize state employees.

As reported in the Rocky Mountain News on November 3rd last year http://www.rockymountainnews.c… the moral choice to give workers the freedom to choose was a principled factor that moved forward the union executive order.  

* Agency fees: Prohibits unions from collecting “agency fees” from nonmembers in return for negotiating better compensation or working conditions on their behalf

So it may be hot outside, but the Unions are even hotter over a principled ballot item that falls in-line with the moral rights provided by their Union-backed governor when he handed over tens of thousands of state, county, city and educational employees to the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and AFSCME.

As we all agree, all Coloradans should enjoy equal and real employee free choice in the workplace.  

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  1. Libertad says:

    Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado:

    SECTION 1. Article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:

    Section 16. Right to work.

    (1) THIS AMENDMENT SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE “COLORADO RIGHT TO WORK AMENDMENT”.

    (2)(a) NO PERSON SHALL, AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT, BE REQUIRED TO:

    (I) BE A MEMBER OF A LABOR UNION; AND

    (II) PAY ANY DUES, FEES, ASSESSMENTS, OR OTHER CHARGES OF ANY KIND TO A LABOR UNION OR TO ANY CHARITY OR OTHER THIRD PARTY, IN LIEU OF SUCH PAYMENTS.

    (2)(b) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT ANY PERSON FROM VOLUNTARILY BELONGING OR VOLUNTARILY PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO A LABOR UNION.

    (3) ANY PERSON WHO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION COMMITS A MISDEMEANOR AND UPON CONVICTION THEREOF SHALL BE PUNISHED BY A FINE IN AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO THE MOST STRINGENT MISDEMEANOR CLASSIFICATION PROVIDED BY LAW.

    (4) THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL UNION EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL APPLY TO ANY RENEWAL OR EXTENSION OF ANY EXISTING UNION CONTRACT.

    (5) AS USED IN THIS SECTION, “LABOR UNION” MEANS ANY ORGANIZATION OF ANY KIND, OR AGENCY OR EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE OR ORGANIZATION, THAT EXISTS FOR THE PURPOSE, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OF DEALING WITH EMPLOYERS CONCERNING WAGES, RATES OF PAY, HOURS OF WORK, OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT, OR OTHER FORMS OF COMPENSATION; ANY ORGANIZATION THAT EXISTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING OR OF DEALING WITH EMPLOYERS CONCERNING GRIEVANCES; AND ANY ORGANIZATION PROVIDING OTHER MUTUAL AID OR PROTECTION IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT.

    SECTION 2. Effective date. This amendment shall take effect upon proclamation of the vote by the governor.

    • poopiscomingout says:

      why should I have to pay taxes when there is a Republican President!

      • Libertad says:

        pacified supports UFCW corrupt and illegal forced unionism, then equates it to government.

        • poopiscomingout says:

          George W. Bush is the pinnacle of decent, uncorrupt government?  Ted Stevens and Duke Cunningham disagree.  Scooter Libby as well.

          Last time I checked I was FORCED to pay taxes for their corruption.

          • Libertad says:

            Last time I checked Governor Ritter gave state workers the Right-to-Work when he brought in the Unions to organize state employees.

            Last time I checked that means all state employees can keep their jobs if they choose not to join the Union, not to pay forced union dues, not pay forced agency fees.

            Do you feel the Governor was corrupt by giving state employees the Right-to-Work … real employee free choice?

    • Libertad says:

      … forced agency fees from the Unions?

  2. RedGreen says:

    It’s like being rear ended; hypnotized by the other guy that you liked it, but admitting it was your fault and your drunk; and then grinning your ass off as the cop shackles you in the cruisers backseat without a field sobriety test.

    • Libertad says:

      That is what happended to the denver chamber … hypmotized by the union to put out the press release the union wanted out there…kicker was they got the chamber to do it.

    • Libertad says:

      No puppets deny that the executive gave state workers the right-to-work.

      No puppets push back on ballot language.

      No puppets argue con 47 merits.

      It is clear, with just a little funding that 47 will pass becasue shouldn’t all Coloradans have real employee free choice.

      • ThillyWabbit says:

        So instead of promoting their candidates they try to misdirect Democrats and traditional supporters of Democrats by floating these hare-brained ballot initiatives.

        Vote NO on everything. Stop the insanity.

        • Libertad says:

          its is too bad you’re so anti initiative without any discourse.

          i would think a correct minded wabbit like you would support choice…the same choice the guv gave state employees…the right-to-work.

          ps. who are these republicans you speak of, I have yet to see dick wadams or really any other known pub promote YES on 47.

      • Jambalaya says:

        ….and your phrase “…argue con 47 merits” has left me nonplussed.  How does one argue the “con merits” of anything?  My head is spinning…..now I don’t know which way to vote on 47.

        • Libertad says:

          Sugarsnap, its YES for choice … real employee free choice … this is worker rights protection just like the guv gave when he unionized them.

        • Libertad says:

          con as in pro-con

          ps YES on Amendment 47, real employee free choice is proven, sustainable, and responsible reform used by our governor to justify the unionization of 60,000 state employees.

          Heck the SEIU agreed to it…and they are always interested in worker right protections.

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