January 2017

It came as no surprise last week, the first week of the 2017 state legislative session that a right-to-work bill was introduced in the senate.  After all, right-to-work has been introduced and defeated in every annual legislative session except one in the past 28 years.   It was also overwhelmingly defeated in a statewide referendum in 2008, which might indicate that Coloradans simply don't like right-to-work.

But that has never stopped the would-be union busters at the statehouse.  This year the bill Senate Bill 55, was sponsored by Senators Tom Neville and Justin Everett, both of whom have been on the losing end of right-to-work campaigns in past years. The bill was also co-sponsored by a number of Republicans in both houses. The bill will be heard first in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, but a date has not yet been set.  We will keep you informed.

Another bill we are keeping an eye on is Senate Bill 1, a small business regulatory reform bill that has died in the Senate State Affairs Committee in the last four legislative sessions.  The bill is an ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) proposal, that was written to ease state regulations applying to businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Organized labor has opposed the bill in the past, but has been asked to submit recommendations that might make the legislation more acceptable to the unions.  We are studying the issue.

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