7/30/08

Colorado unions suspected of petition fraud

Related story: "The 28 labor-states"

If ACORN was involved in signature gathering, labor-state elections officials could look the other way

The union-backed group pushing the so-called corporate fraud ballot initiative submitted nearly 124,000 signatures today to the secretary of state's office for certification. The measure, which seeks to hold executives criminally liable under state law for corporate wrongdoings, needs 76,047 certified signatures to appear on the November ballot.

Former Qwest cable splicer Lew Ellingson, a key proponent of the measure, said the proposed law is long overdue.

"No more slaps on the wrists for these people," he said.

Union interests are expected to submit signatures for three other ballot measures this week. The pro-labor initiatives are considered countermeasures to the business-backed Amendment 47, which has been certified for the ballot. Amendment 47 would ask voters to amend the state constitution to say that union membership and the payment of dues or fees cannot be mandated as a condition of employment.

Protect Colorado's Future, the group pushing the corporate fraud initiative, plans to submit signatures for the so-called just cause initiative Thursday. That measure would require companies to provide reasons for firing workers.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union plans to file signatures for two initiatives on Monday, which is the deadline. The UFCW measures would require businesses with 20 or more employees to provide health care coverage and allow injured workers to sue employers outside of the workers' compensation system.

(denverpost.com)

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