COLORADO AFL-CIO RELEASES FINAL LIST OF 2016 STATE LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS
COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION VOTES TO OPPOSE AMENDMENT 71
Denver – The Colorado AFL-CIO, which represents more than 170 affiliate unions whose membership totals more than 130,000 working Coloradans, today released its final legislative endorsements for the 2016 Colorado election cycle. In addition, the Colorado AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education voted to oppose Amendment 71, which changes the rules for citizen-initiated ballot measures in Colorado.
When George W. Bush assembled his first Cabinet in 2001, news reports dubbed them a team of millionaires, and government watchdogs questioned whether they were out of touch with most Americans’ problems. Combined, that group had an inflation-adjusted net worth of about $250 million — which is roughly one-tenth the wealth of Donald Trump’s nominee for commerce secretary alone.
Trump is putting together what will be the wealthiest administration in modern American history.
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As Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin – states that once were the stronghold of the nation’s industrial union movement – dropped into Donald Trump’s column on election night, one longtime union staff member told me that Trump’s victory was “an extinction-level event for American labor.”