7/2/08

Worker choice scheme picks up steam

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Colorado may abandon forced-labor unionism

The Right-to-Work initiative picked up some more prominent backers this week. The Northern Colorado Home Builders, Independent Bankers and Colorado Petroleum Marketers Association all endorsed Amendment 47. The measure, if passed in November, would bar union shops in private businesses, essentially allowing workers to opt out of union membership even if the workplace had voted to be unionized. The new supporters touted the amendment as being good for business, arguing that 22 states with right-to-work laws show better job growth and economic performance.

Opponents of the measure have filed a lawsuit to keep it off the ballot, alleging that backers used fraud and deception in gathering petition signatures.

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The national free-market grass-roots group Americans for Prosperity has launched a new chapter in Colorado, and it has its share of El Paso County connections.

Jim Pfaff, former president of the Colorado Family Institute, is the state director for the organization, which also has chapters in 21 other states. And state Rep. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, spoke at a recent news conference celebrating the launch.

AFP's goal is to mobilize voters on economic-policy issues that advocate limited government and fiscal restraint, according to its Web site.

(gazette.com)

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