Amendment 47 is a right-to-choose amendment, conservative-style.
It deals with unions and whether or not you should be forced to join one if you want to work somewhere that has a union, like at a school as a teacher. It doesn't prohibit people from joining a union, it does not shut any union down. It prohibits the union leaders from mandating membership and money from employees. It puts the power of the union in the hands of its members directly.
If it passes, it will put union leaders on the defense. Leaders will be back in competition for the hearts and minds of the employees.
Some leaders have helped their members right out of jobs and futures. The autoworkers union in Detroit has put the pension and health benefit packages at such a high rate, that the price of a new car is in large part just to cover these expenses. It seems Detroit has lost its edge and global competitiveness. Other countries don't load up their product with social benefits from unreasonable demands. A little more reality, and some choice in this system may have left the autoworkers with at least something more reasonable along with a competitive product. Instead, their desired grasp exceeds their reach.
Many companies and towns have been shut down by union leaders playing brinkmanship with labor contracts. Some of these may have turned out different if the leaders who were demanding too much, turned around and found two-thirds of their members had quit.
Teachers unions in some areas have made it next-to-impossible to fire bad educators.
It has become a juggernaut, with its own members having little internal control. Our school's test scores remain low, and now we have presidential candidates pandering to us, saying they support rewards for good teachers. It shouldn't even be in that arena. We the people, on our local level, should have total control over county employees. Right now, union leaders have that control and not our local school boards. Good teachers would love to see the bad ones fired so they wouldn't have to play catch up the following year. Our children need their teachers to have a choice whether they want to be a member of a union or not.
Union dues go in large part to lobbying and Democratic Party donations. They force money away from their masses, then remove their freedom of speech by using the money to represent only one political side. It's coerced speech by using dues to misrepresent the individual views of many of their members. It's very heteromorphic, meaning it's deviated from the norm - that norm being freedom to choose and freedom of speech in America.
This is your chance, Colorado, to micromanage your own government and even your unions. Union leaders should lose the support of Colorado's people to back forced membership and coerced speech. Please vote yes for freedom and yes on amendment 47.
Patrick Wayne Germond