Labor coalition circulating ballot petitions
By Joanne Kelley
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A labor-backed coalition called Protect
Colorado's Future will begin collecting
signatures downtown just after noon today in an attempt to get
two initiatives on the ballot this fall.
The group, which has received more than $1.5 million in campaign
funding from large unions and individuals, is pushing a measure
aimed at curbing corporate fraud and another that would require
employers to prove they have reasonable "cause" for firing
workers. The coalition said its own polls have shown
overwhelming support among voters for both measures.
"Coming on the heels of the recent court decision to reverse a
high-profile corporate fraud case against five former Qwest
executives, the corporate fraud ballot initiative would make
the toughest state in the country for corporate criminals,"
Protect Colorado's Future said in
The coalition also has been working to craft a strategy for
fighting a competing ballot measure that already has enough
signatures to qualify for November's ballot. Known as the
"right-to-work" initiative, it would outlaw all-union agreements
between companies and workers. Current state law allows
workers to vote on whether they want all employees to pay for
Future said it planned to start its signature drive across the
street from 1600 Broadway. The building houses the offices
of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, a key
supporter of making Colorado the 23rd "right-to-work" state.
But stormy weather might force the signature launch event to be
held inside at the State Capitol in House Committee Room 112.