A few months ago, I shared a link about 8 workers’ rights ballot measures to watch this November. The elections are over. What were the results?
- Arizona Proposition 206 was approved, increasing the minimum wage to $10 in 2017 and $12 by 2020. It also creates the right to paid sick time off.
- Colorado’s Amendment 70 was approved, increasing the minimum wage to $9.30 in 2017 and $12 by 2020.
- Maine Question 4 was approved, gradually increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.
- South Dakota Referred Law 20 was defeated, preventing the decrease of the minimum wage for workers under age 18.
- Washington Initiative 1433 was approved, raising the minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020 and mandating employers to offer paid sick leave.
- Alabama Amendment 8 was approved, prohibiting businesses from making rules about union membership. Essentially, this allows workers who benefit from unions to opt out of paying dues to unions.
- Virginia’s Right to Work Amendment was defeated, preventing an addition to the constitution that would make it illegal for employers to require union membership as a condition of employment.
- Colorado’s Amendment T was defeated, allowing forced and unpaid labor of persons convicted of crimes.