7/9/08

Jumbo unions kick in to protect labor-state

Organized labor uses forced-dues to defeat worker-choice

Proponents of the right-to-work ballot initiative raised about $355,000 in funding during the latest reporting period, adding a major financial backer to the fold. The group, called A Better Colorado, received nearly $155,000 from Arlington, Va.-based Free Enterprise Alliance, according to records filed late Monday with the secretary of state's office.

A Better Colorado spokesman Kelley Harp said the alliance is the issue advocacy arm of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Golden-based CoorsTek provided $195,000 in funding during the period from May 27 through Wednesday, raising the total the company has given to A Better Colorado to $395,000. The group had about $249,000 on hand as of Wednesday.

The right-to-work initiative, which has been certified for the November ballot, seeks to ban forced union membership through the payment of dues or fees in Colorado.

The union-backed group fighting the initiative, called Protect Colorado's Future, raised about $177,000 during the latest reporting period. Much of that came from unions such as the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters union and other labor groups.

Protect Colorado's Future has raised about $2.2 million since January, which includes in-kind contributions.

As of Wednesday, the group had $853,000 in cash on hand. Protect Colorado's Future is also collecting signatures for a pair of ballot initiatives that seek to hold executives criminally liable for corporate wrongdoings and require companies to provide reasons for firing workers.

(origin.denverpost.com)

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