A common and repeated tactic of the Left this year has been to throw frivolous legal challenges at ballot initiatives they don’t like in an effort to keep Coloradans from deciding the issues themselves. Well, last Thursday the Denver Business Journal reported that a judge has tossed out legal complaints against one certain initiative:
A Denver District Court judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit from opponents of Amendment 47, the so-called â€œright-to-workâ€ ballot initiative that would bar labor unions from collecting mandatory dues in workplaces that engage in collective bargaining.
Incidentally, the same publication endorsed Amendment 47 only days before (subscription required). Meanwhile, Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard has an informative piece on the Right-to-Work battle in Colorado – including some of the complex political undercurrents that are spilling over into the ballot campaign. It’s a worthwhile read. The Weekly Standard piece mainly focuses on the determined and principled work of young Jonathan Coors in pushing the fight forward.
Fundamentally at stake is the individual worker’s right to decide whether or not (s)he wants to support a union. Labor leaders themselves admit that Right-to-Work means they lose a big share of income: mostly from the fees imposed on non-members who have to pay up or lose their jobs.
Secondarily, there is documented evidence to show that Right-to-Work states outpace forced union states in economic growth. But opposing Right-to-Work is not enough for union leaders. To try to force supporters to withdraw Amendment 47, they have submitted signatures for four economy-busting initiatives of their own.
When the facts are looked at closely and fairly, Amendment 47 merits support hands-down. But you can expect Big Labor to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars confusing and misleading voters who would otherwise be inclined to support workplace freedom.
It will be interesting to track the success of Amendment 47 – cited in Barnes’ article as registering 70-percent support – as Election Day in Colorado draws near.