Colorado Truce - Management & Labor Compromise on Ballot Initiatives
by Michael Fox
Iit's always good to see management and labor work out their differences, although this is an unusual issue. The WSJ in its story, Executives Pledge Funds as Unions Drop Colorado Initiatives, details a compromise where the business community has agreed to help raise up to $75 million to defeat three anti-union proposals that will be on the November 4th ballot in Colorado, including one designed to make Colorado a right-to-work state.
In return, organized labor dropped four potential anti-business initiatives, including one that would have allowed employees to sue for injuries outside the workers compensation system.
What this confirms for me is the danger of making ballot initiatives too easy. Hard to believe that is the best way to come up with public policy.
Hat tip to the folks at Workplace Issues Today from the M.P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.