Gov. Ritter vetoes bill making it easier to set up all-union workplace
DENVER ” In the first major test of his young administration, Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed a controversial measure Friday that would have made it easier to set up all-union workplaces, angering labor leaders but relieving business groups.
Ritter said he was satisfied with the bill but not with the process that led to its passage, arguing the debate should have been broader. Business leaders had complained they were excluded from the discussions.
“The message is this. We’re going to do things differently,” said Ritter, who took office a little more than a month ago.
Colorado AFL-CIO President Steve Adams said Ritter broke a campaign promise “under pressure from big business.”
“He showed that if you raise a big stink, he will cave. It tells me a lot about the man,” Adams said.
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