Rural business chambers endorse Amendment 47

Both the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce have endorsed Amendment 47, a "right-to-work" ballot question that seeks to restrict the way labor unions organize in Colorado.

The Amendment 47 campaign, which was dealt a harsh political blow in June when the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose the "right-to-work" initiative, announced the endorsements today.

Rifle is a town of approximatley 10,000, located on Colorado’s Western Slope, while Huerfano County resides in the south eastern part of the state.

A Denver-based business group called the Mountain States Employers Council has also gotten behind Amendment 47.

The "right-to-work" initiative would prevent unions from requiring dues or agency fees from nonmember employees who also enjoy union-negotiated workplace benefits, such as paid leave or health care.

Federal law already prohibits "closed shops," or workplaces that require union membership as a condition of employment.

While the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is considered the largest business organization in the state, the Amendment 47 campaign is still managing to pick up scattered endorsements from business groups across the state.

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

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