Colorado Initiative 123 (2008)

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Initiative 123 or the Conditions of Employment Initiative would have prohibited employers from requiring employees to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization as a condition of employment, similar to the provisions of Right to Work Initiative, but this measure also would change the definition of a labor organization, in an attempt to exempt unions from the impact of this measure or the Right to Work Initiative, should it pass.

This measure was a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment.

The official ballot title read:

An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning participation in certain organizations as a condition of employment, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting an employer from requiring an employee to join a “labor organization” or to pay dues, assessments, or other charges to or for such an organization; defining “labor organization” as one that exists solely or primarily for a purpose other than dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, employee benefits, hours of employment, or conditions of work; and providing that the definition of “labor organization” in this amendment shall prevail over any other conflicting definition in article XVIII of the Colorado constitution , including any other amendment adopted at the 2008 general election regardless of the number of votes each receives.

Details of the proposal

The measure would have defined "labor organization" as:

any organization of employees that exists solely or primarily for a purpose other than dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, employee benefits, hours of employment, or conditions of work.

This proposal specifically stated that it would:

prevail over any conflicting definition of "labor organization" in Article XXVIII, including any provision adopted at the 2008 general election, regardless of the number of votes received by this or any other such amendment.

Supporters

This measure was sponsored by Reed Norwood and Charles Bader, representing a union-backed coalition.

Opponents

Supporters of the Right to Work Initiative opposed this measure.

Status

The measure did not make the ballot.

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