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Colorado collective bargaining law is latest evidence of surging union momentum

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By AFSCME Staff ·

On May 27, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a sweeping collective bargaining bill, one that would provide those rights to some 36,000 county workers throughout the state.

That law – made possible in part by the dogged persistence of AFSCME members – marked the fourth time in four years that public service workers have won a major expansion of collective bargaining rights.

Across the country, workers are asserting their power and driving a wave of organizing. The push for Colorado county workers to gain or expand a voice on the job came after major expansions of public sector collective bargaining in California, Virginia and Nevada, benefitting more than 100,000 workers.

Here are more details about each of those victories:

Workers throughout the United States are discovering and embracing the union difference. They are organizing with energy and passion at companies like Amazon and Starbucks, as well as at cultural institutions like museums and libraries across the nation.

Many public service workers served their communities on the front lines through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, earning the nation’s gratitude in the process. Securing a bigger seat at the table allows them to advocate for fair wages and benefits, safer working conditions, as well as stronger public services for their communities.

“All across the nation, workers are fighting tooth and nail to get a seat at the table – and they’re winning,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said. “This momentum is undeniable. Workers everywhere know their voices have value, and we must back them up by making it easier to unionize.”

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