Lawmakers set to hear firefighters’ call for collective bargaining

By Eli Stokols, Fox 31 Denver

It’s the kind of bill that would never have survived a legislature where Democrats and Republicans each controlled a legislative chamber.

Now, Republicans, relegated to the sidelines with Democrats back in charge, are licking their chops as a proposal aiming to expand collective bargaining for Colorado firefighters — a bill that could test the Democratic coalition — comes before lawmakers for the first time on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 25, which labor unions have long pushed for, would allow collective bargaining for firefighters without a local government approving it.

“Senate Bill 25 is important in allowing Colorado Firefighters to obtain vital resources for protecting their communities and ensuring they are fairly compensated,” said Mike Rogers, President of the Colorado chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

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