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Bill Banning Collective Bargaining in Colorado is Far-Fetched…for Now.

Rep. Everett

Rep. Everett

Colorado State Rep. Justin Everett has introduced a bill that would ban collective bargaining between public employees and their employers.  A similar bill was introduced by the Jefferson County Republican last year but did not make it out of committee.  The bill would have a similar effect to Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Bill and Ohio’s failed SB5.  

The bill, as introduced, would immediately nullify all current agreements.  But it would allow teachers to join associations similar to unions but which could not collectively bargain.

Education Week notes that Colorado currently has no law requiring school districts to engage in collective bargaining.  Rather, each district can decide whether or not to recognize an employee union.  

Colorado is splintered, with increased polarization following marijuana legalization and restricted gun sales.   Eleven rural Colorado county’s voted to secede in 2013 feeling they had grown too far apart in ideologically from the state’s mainstream.  

The Colorado State Senate is made up of 35 members of which 18 are currently Democrats and 17 are currently Republicans.  The House of Representatives has 65 members with a 37-28 split in favor of Democrats.  Everett’s anti-bargaining bill can’t overcome this majority (and a Democratic governor) as it stands, but the volatility of the state means no degree of extremism should be discounted should the scales tip in the GOP’s favor.


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