The Results of 8 Workers’ Rights Ballot Measures

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Colorado’s Amendment 70 was approved, increasing the minimum wage to $9.30 in 2017 and $12 by 2020.
  3. Maine Question 4 was approved, gradually increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.
  4. South Dakota Referred Law 20 was defeated, preventing the decrease of the minimum wage for workers under age 18.
  5. Washington Initiative 1433 was approved, raising the minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020 and mandating employers to offer paid sick leave.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Colorado’s Amendment T was defeated, allowing forced and unpaid labor of persons convicted of crimes.
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