The 2022 Collective Bargaining for County and Higher Education Employees Bill 

Colorado has struggled with shortages of essential public service workers for years, and now COVID has pushed these already-depleted workforces to a breaking point. County and higher education employees are essential to keeping our communities safe, our counties running, and our students educated and trained.

It is time to extend full collective bargaining rights to these workers — because no one knows how to solve the issues plaguing Colorado county services and universities better than they do. They deserve the right to come together in a union to improve their jobs and the services they provide.

Public service workers who make the choice to form a union will have a seat at the table to collectively bargain on important is­sues like working conditions, job safety, pay, and benefits — and collaborate with management to address shared challenges like staff shortages, retention issues, and improving public services. The bill would also extend protections to workers who are cur­rently vulnerable to retaliation, discrimination, and coercion for exercising basic union rights. 

Click here to read the bill summary, and be sure to contact your legislators and tell them to vote YES!

“The staffing crisis has taken its toll on services and has made it difficult for us to do our jobs.

“Before we had collective bargaining rights, we had no say over how we can best deliver the services we provide.

“We are the voices for the kids of Adams County who we serve.

“24 hours a day, seven days a week, pandemic or no pandemic, we are in foster homes seeing our families, making sure the kids that we work with are safe.

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We in Pueblo County, and all essential county workers in Colorado, need a protected voice at work so we can partner with management to solve the crucial issues plaguing our departments. This right already belongs to Colorado’s state workers and the majority of private sector workers, it only makes sense that Colorado’s county workers be afforded this same, basic freedom.
Some legislative leaders want to give all local public worker unions the power to collectively bargain, but they're up against a lot of powerful opponents.

As Boulder workers who have seen firsthand how unions improve their members’ lives, we are thrilled that one of the bills in the pipeline for this year’s Legislative session would give Colorado’s public employees the ability to form recognized unions and collectively bargain.

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