‘Right-To-Work’ Initiative Certified for Ballot

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced today that a proposed “right-to-work” measure will be on the 2008 ballot after state officials found that enough petition signatures were collected to put the proposal up for a vote.If passed, the legislation (now officially titled Amendment 47) would prohibit mandatory dues or agency fees for employees joining a unionized workplace covered by collective-bargaining agreements.

According to a statement from the state office, a projected 94,546 signatures out of approximately 136,000 submitted by initiative supporters were determined to be valid.

A little more than 76,000 petition signatures are required to put a proposal on the state ballot. The state office verifies a random five-percent sample of signatures for certification.

A Better Colorado, the group supporting the initiative, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Protect Colorado’s Future, a group opposing the measure, has said it will seek to independently verify the petition signatures, much like the process completed recently recently with a ballot proposal that would ban affirmative action programs in the state.

“Based on the election screening, we will in the coming days conduct a more a more detailed analysis of petition signatures,” said Jess Knox, spokesman for the group.

Protect Colorado’s Future recently filed a complaint with the Secretary of State alleging that right-to-work signatures were gathered illegally.

Financial reports detailing supporters of both groups will not be available until early May.

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Erin Rosa

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature.

Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state.

Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters.

She can be reached at erosa@coloradoindependent.com.

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