‘Yes’ on Amend. 49

Amendment 49 has folks in the labor community fired up. One flier from a largely union-funded organization lumps it with a couple other measures on the ballot this year and makes the laughable claim that Amendment 49 will make it tougher for public safety officers to do their jobs.

It will do no such thing.

Amendment 49 will make it marginally more difficult for police unions and other public-employee unions or professional organizations to collect dues. If the ballot measure passes, they will no longer be able to use payroll deductions from government agencies to collect their dues.

The amendment prohibits any public entity in Colorado — state government, county and municipal governments, school districts and special districts — from collecting union dues or professional-group membership fees through payroll deductions.

Payroll deductions for charitable groups such as United Way would still be allowed. So would deductions for court-ordered garnishments or liens, traditional health-care plans and pensions.

Employees could still belong to professional organizations or unions, but would have to pay dues some other way.

Despite the scare tactics from the union-backed mailer, that’s not something that endangers public safety.

“The government shouldn’t be bookkeeper, accountant and collection agency” for these groups, said Jon Caldara, with the Golden-based Independence Institute, which drafted the amendment.

We agree, which is why we urge readers to vote “Yes” on Amendment 49.


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