Frank Roitsch: Yes on 47

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— Since the late 1800s, unions have helped develop our blue-collared middle class through successfully negotiating for better wages, benefits and safer working conditions from management that has not always given these up easily. Yet, it is time for employees in Colorado to have a free choice of whether to join a union when they accept employment with a company rather than being forced to join and pay what is now, in some unions, approaching $100 a month in dues. Today's union leaders often go their own way, not meeting individual members' needs or philosophies. Thus, Colorado's workers should have a choice of union membership like others have in about 23 states. This will cause union leaders to be more responsive to members' needs. Vote "yes" on Amendment 47.

Frank Roitsch

Hayden

Comments

johne 6 years, 1 month ago

It would be nice if the proponents of Amendment 47 could argue the facts but seem to continue to need to lie to try to get voters on their side. No one can be forced to join a union. This is federal law, and has been state law since 1943. From the Colorado Labor Peace Act: "In accordance with the provisions of this article, employees have the right of self-organization and the right to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own free choosing, and to engage in lawful, concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. Each employee also has the right to refrain from any of such activities."

It's ironic the backers of 47 talk about freedom and choice, when this amendment would deny workers democratic freedoms when creating a union. They've enjoyed this choice since this law was enacted.

Amendment 47 would do away with a provision of this law unique to Colorado. If 75% of the workers vote for it, non-members are required to pay some fees for the union protections all employees of that workplace receive. If 74% or 50% or 49% or less vote for it, then non-members pay nothing, but still get those protections.

As for non-member dues: http://www.financialpost.com/small_business/Story.html?id=760775 "In the United States, nonmembers who are unionized do not pay the same level of dues as a union member," John Mortimer, president of LabourWatch said. "The fraction is about 25% for what a non-member will pay in comparison to a member."

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JLM 6 years, 1 month ago

What kind of a country have we become when a worker is forced to join a union when he clearly does not want to? To pay to join something, he clearly does not want to join?

This is socialism.

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Benny 6 years, 1 month ago

I am a memeber of a union. You already DO NOT have to join a union if you don't want to. The only people who will benefit from this amendment is people like Jake Jabs.....business owners, because wages will plummet. Look at the wages in all the other right to work states.

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Creighton Thomas 6 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps Benny should Read Jake Jabs' book, An American Tiger. I had questions about Jabs and had heard that American Furniture Warehouse once had a union. And what I discovered in the book amazed me. There were 4 unions within AFW when Jabs purchased it. After 3 years of of dealing with them he sat down with his receiving department employees and devised a commission plan for the area and from his similar plans for other areas. It didn't take long for the other employees to see that the harder they worked the more they got paid and voted out the unions.

Perhaps more business should consider a commission plan that would not require the salesmen to be pushy, where the right price, quality and need all come together. Jabs does have pretty good prices, people know that, and they shop there because of it. I enjoying shopping and doing business with companies who provide all of this. I can't say I enjoy dealing with companies who have unions though because they are not producing the most efficient and in turn highest quality product.

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Richard Myers 6 years, 1 month ago

"it is time for employees in Colorado to have a free choice of whether to join a union when they accept employment with a company rather than being forced to join..."

I've worked in a factory in Colorado for more than three decades (1970 to 2002). One of my co-workers through all of that time never joined the union. He nonetheless had the right to file a pay-grade grievance, and the union took his grievance all the way through five steps of the grievance process. It was still not settled, so the union took it to arbitration. All this for an individual who never once attended a union meeting, and never did join the union.

When i hear the false claim that workers in Colorado can be forced to join a union, i think of my co-worker.

Now it is possible that someone hasn't been aware of the law. I'm sorry that this is a possibility. But with so many individuals spreading erroneous information about forced union membership, and others spreading the same sort of mis-information for political advantage, is it any wonder that working people don't always know all the rights that they have?

richard myers Colorado factory worker IBEW retired

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seeuski 6 years, 1 month ago

Isn't this about saving the secret ballots an employee now enjoys as apposed to open voting which could lead to intimidation? Also isn't it so each vote is saved as ongoing until the needed number is achieved for unionization as apposed to new periodic votes?

Basically freedom of choice, not that you are forced to join a union, just free to vote in secret.

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