Hercules should be honoredBy Samuel Aquila, The Denver Post
Posted on: Monday, August 27th, 2012
More than 30,000 people will move to Colorado this year; I became one of them in July when I came home after an 11-year absence.
Itâ€™s easy to see why Americans want to live here. Five cities in Colorado are listed among the Best Places to Live in America. Coloradans are among Americaâ€™s most fit residents, and our natural beauty is unparalleled. Our culture is welcoming. Our people are kind.
Net-positive Colorado migration continues despite our rising unemployment numbers â€” which speaks to the caliber of our state.
Colorado has a growing population and steadily rising unemployment numbers, which means that Coloradoâ€™s successful employers are vital to our welfare. We should recognize Colorado companies and employers for their contributions to our economy.
Until last week, Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech believed that Hercules Industries should be recognized as a model employer. The Denver-based HVAC manufacturer employs more than 200 people. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Kniech submitted a proclamation to the City Council thanking the company, especially for its “generous employee health care coverage.”
The proclamation was to be issued on Aug. 13. Shortly before that date, Kniech withdrew her support. She says she was hoping to avoid a “partisan food fight.”
Hercules hadnâ€™t changed its health plan, laid off Coloradans, or sold out to a foreign conglomerate. Instead, Kniech discovered that the company is involved in litigation with the federal government, claiming that the HHS contraception mandate violated the First Amendment to the Constitution.Follow this link to read more.