Our View: Unions should be a choice


Craig Editorial Board

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Allan Reishus, community representative
  • Chris Runyan, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative

— There is no getting around the fact that the proposed "right to work" amendment - Amendment 47 - on the Nov. 4 ballot will weaken unions.

But that is not our problem.

No person should ever be forced to join a group or organization under any circumstances. No person should ever be forced to pay a group or organization under any circumstances.

That unions have this authority is not right, and as such, this is a case where we do not care if unions are weakened by this amendment.

It is just what is right.

The measure will not destroy unions. It merely will make them more responsible to their members, harkening back to why they were created in the first place.

Instead of having the security of forced membership or forced wage dues, unions will have to earn worker participation.

We do not see anything wrong with that.

We are, however, concerned about voting for yet another amendment to the Colorado Constitution.

It seems every time Coloradans do this, it screws something up and we have to spend another year or two living within a broken system before going back to the voting booth for a fix.

Unfortunately, a constitutional amendment is the only way. We do not want legislators voting on this, because it is too big for them to decide. We want the people to decide for themselves.

We do not hate unions, nor do we want them dismantled. We simply believe membership should be a free choice.

If it were not for unions, there would not be a blue-collar middle class, and upward mobility would be limited in our society. Businesses can be trusted to do what is best for them, not their workers.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for modern union leaders.

We think both should be checked by the same principle: We may decide to work for your business or join your organization, or we may decide your business or organization are a waste of time and move on.


Ray Cartwright 8 years, 6 months ago

taxslave, I have read the entire admendment several times and see nowhere that says it will take away my right to privacy or secret ballot. Quit watching commercials and do your own research and make an informed choice. In fact the amendment is only a little over a page long so it doesn't take much reading.


grannyrett 8 years, 6 months ago

Sorry taxslave, I've got family in the southeast, and they aren't having a problem getting gas. Don't know where you got that.


grannyrett 8 years, 6 months ago

Sorry taxslave-I guess Atlanta is having a bad time getting fuel. My niece, who lives south of Atlanta, said they aren't having a bad time getting fuel. Don't know why they are so lucky. Maybe it's better in small towns.


taxslave 8 years, 6 months ago

Beware, this initative takes away the secret ballot. I advise everyone to read the legislation, the devil is in the details, like always.


martin 8 years, 6 months ago


It's been illegal since 1935 when this country passed the National Labor Relations Act.

Based on your premise that everyone should have a choice, you should VOTE DOWN AMENDMENT 47 because Colorado's workers already have that choice.

AMENDMENT 47 would TAKE CHOICE AWAY from workers and employers.

I think you should issue a correction to this editorial, it's not factually correct.


Ray Cartwright 8 years, 6 months ago

In Colorado, after workers vote to join a union (by a simple majority), they can sit across the bargaining table from their employer and negotiate everything from wages to health care to hours to working conditions.

But even after the workers elect to join a union, Colorado law forbids the workers and their union to begin negotiations over one item-a union security clause. A union security clause doesn't force anyone to join the union, it simply requires that all workers, member or non-member, pay representational costs.

Colorado is the only state in the nation that limits bargaining in this way. If the workers and their union even want to bring the issue up with the employer, they must first hold another election, and in this second election-the majority doesn't rule. Colorado law requires that 75 percent of those voting or a majority of all those eligible to vote-not just a majority of those who cast ballots-must approve of putting a union security clause on the bargaining table.


taxslave 8 years, 6 months ago

btw, I don't watch any MSM other than to hear the lies they tell everyone.

I read at least 6 hrs./day overseas papers, legislation, etc. I also watch the House and the Senate and most of the hearings....live.

I watched the 9 hrs. of the financial hearings....talk about the taxpayer getting screwed and this country giving away her Constitution.

I sometimes wonder where our military is on this....Remember, against foreign and domestic.

We are facing financial terrorism brought to us by EVERYONE in Washington....ALL OF THEM ARE GUILTY....except Ron Paul

Bernake and Paulson need to be criminally charged.....

This week alone we've bailed out the "FINANCIAL" banks with over 1 and 1/2 TRILLION dollars...this week.

The South East is totally OUT OF GAS....and they can't get to work.

This 700 billion will last less than a month.

A government than can give you everything you want is a government that can take away everything you have.



taxslave 8 years, 6 months ago

pictures of bailout protest on wall street


Atlanta and Savannah Georgia are out of gas.


The masses are clueless....We are also facing a massive food shortage.....you would know this if you watched the House of Representatives today. They also cut funding for deputy sheriffs and teachers in the rural areas......that means us!

I truly wished I was making this stuff up.


lonelyone 8 years, 6 months ago

Tax, what does that have to do with Unions? I am pretty sure you belonged to one at one time. Tell us how you feel about them. Also I am having a hard time understanding why our local unoin reps are not posting something to explain to Patrick the union side of the story??? Where are the reps from IBEW and United Mine Workers and Safeways union and any others that are out there? Do you all not care what people who will vote on this stuff even if they don't belong to a union, think of all the ads out there against unions???


lonelyone 8 years, 6 months ago

I heard about the fuel problem yesterday on the radio and it said one guy had to pay over 8 dollars a gallon for gas, so now they are looking into price fixing and some stations could be in big trouble!


Ray Cartwright 8 years, 6 months ago

Patrick, you can start out by reading the Wagner Act which was amended by the National Labor Relations Act which was amended by the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947 and has remained in effect to this day


lonelyone 8 years, 6 months ago

I have heard they are going to wait until about a week or so before election time and then put out a whole bunch of info and commericals. I think that should be going on now as some folks will vote early if they can and will be voting with only one side of the story! Patrick do you know any union people, could you talk to them and get their side of the story??


cantstandtexans 8 years, 6 months ago

YEOW!!! Ain't this a hot topic! Just remember...the demise of union representation and union busting has ushered in the demise of the American standard of living. Wages have remained static....mostly....and our buying power greatly diminished!! if shipping union jobs to India, China, etc....would allow the consumer to buy so-called cheap goods, how can employing anyone but Americans be beneficial to you or I even if cheap products would allow American Union factory workers to follow "other" ambitions? Fact again is....the demise of the union American worker and shipping jobs to other countries is the cancer that very well could and eventually will take this country to a "New Third World". Vote no on 47!! Corporate America has corrupted our society long enough!! Besides...there are high profile corporations that recently have been busted for deliberate acts of trying to bust unions. Some of these high profile executives are facing very long prison time and probably...they will be sent there. FOR WHAT??!!! More company stock options for "THEIR" retirement??!! These scoundrel's have done enough damage....just take a moment and examine what greed has puked out on the financial world. And these investment bank collapses has just gotten started! Besides...who's behind this Amendment 47 anyways? Who stands to benefit from passage of this Amendment? Workers will take it in the shorts....AGAIN!! VOTE NO ON 47!


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