Colo. Firefighter Bargaining Bill Moves Forward
KREX News Room
DENVER (AP)- A Colorado proposal to grant collective bargaining rights for firefighters advances in the State Senate Monday, over objections from some lawmakers who argue it violates local control.
The proposal got initial approval on a voice vote Monday, after Republicans unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill, to limit the areas in Colorado where firefighters could have collective bargaining.
The bill would apply to places where local voters have opposed bargaining rights.
Labor groups say firefighters deserve these rights, over things like equipment and working conditions.
The Colorado Municipal League opposes the bill saying collective bargaining rights should be left to local governments to decide.
The bill faces one more vote in the senate, before the Democratic-led House considers it.