The proponents of increasing the minimum wage, Colorado Families for a Fair Wage, funded largely with union money, hired Fieldworks, a signature gathering firm, to collect the necessary signatures for ballot access. Colorado requires a report detailing hours and pay of signature gatherers be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's office.
"The irony of paying someone less than $12 an hour to stand on a street corner to mandate a minimum wage increase to that amount is dripping off this story," said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. "Unions are trying to force small businesses already operating on razor thin margins to increase pay just so they can line their pockets, and they aren't even paying their own workers that. The hypocrisy is palpable."