Bill to Increase Labor Choice Gets Initial nod

Denver—Today, the Senate Business, Labor and Technology committee approved Senator Tim Neville's (R-South Jefferson County) bill strengthening Colorado worker's rights.

Senate bill 17-055 prohibits any employer from discriminating against employees based on participation in labor unions, and forbids them from requiring employees to begin or maintain membership, or pay dues to any labor union. 

The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for mandating union participation as a requirement for employment.

If passed, Colorado would join twenty-eight states that have passed similar Right to Work legislation. 

"As a strong advocate for liberty in every respect, creating more choice for middle class, hardworking Coloradans is a top priority for me," said Neville. "Right to Work legislation puts Coloradans before special interests by creating more options and reducing costly, burdensome mandates some families simply cannot afford."

Senate Bill 55 now moves on to a vote of the Committee of the Whole.

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