Amendment 47 Would Hurt Our Already Crippled Economy
August 14, 2008
Out of state corporate interests have again decided it would be interesting to play and interfere with Colorado people and politics.
The measure is dangerous because it is a vehemently anti-worker's rights move cloaked in worker's rights. This type of deliberate deception has unfortunately worked before in Colorado's past.
If Amendment 47 passes workers will have less voice, less advocacy, less rights, lower wages, weaker benefits, less healthcare, eroded pension options and fewer safety protections on the job.
The measure removes the mechanism for advocacy for workers which means workers will see a deterioration in quality of life and the ability to earn a living wage but will also have to either just "live with it" or risk retalliatory termination for speaking up for themselves or their co-workers.
The proponents of this measure here and around the country consist of large corporations, industries and CEOs many of whom resent basic worker's rights, such as:
1. minimum wage or prevailing wage;
2.occupational safety requirements;
3.providing workers comp for injured workers.
Yet, they will try to find some workers as spokespeople to act as if this measure hurting our middle class and workers is somehow good for workers.
So called "right to work" states have lower incomes, higher poverty rates and more people on public assistance. Furthermore, it will likely lead to a reduction in benefits, including employer-provided health care.
Our "right" to be under-paid and over-worked without minimum standards, is hardly a "right", but rather a "wrong."
Don't fall for it! We can't afford to weaken our already struggling middle and working classes.
I came across a web site that may be of interest. I believe this is run by a private citizen. For more information, check out www.thetruthabout47.com.
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