Labor issues draw ink, some of it red

State employees unionized, voters in Fort Collins defeated a measure to give city workers binding arbitration powers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union retracted two proposed initiatives for the 2008 ballot. Just another week in Colorado.


For those who missed it, there were numerous happenings in the state’s labor community last week, including:


-More than 22,000 state workers in Colorado were unionized into employee partnerships after a vote.


-After a campaign waged by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, voters in the Fort defeated a proposal to give city workers binding arbitration powers for the second time in less than two years, with a 71 percent “no” vote.


-The local United Food and Commercial Workers union threw out two of its proposed measures for the 2008 ballot after the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose a “right-to-work” ballot question.

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@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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