Despite Filibustering, Union Bill Goes To Ritter

It was a very long Friday for lawmakers. Senate Republicans balked on a labor bill designed to make it easier for unions to organize job shops, or places where employment is based on joining a union.

For hours, GOP legislators proposed amendments to the bill that were routinely killed by voting and technical decisions.

But despite the filibustering from last week, the measure passed today on a clear party line vote of  19-15. (Majority Leader Ken Gordon was excused.)

Now the legislation will go to Governor Bill Ritter, where it could become law as early as this summer. From the Rocky Mountain News:

Outraged Republicans assailed Ritter and the Democratic leadership of duping the voters and failing to ever mention the pro-union measure during the November elections.

Republicans put on a big show around 1 p.m. and delivered a letter to Ritter urging him to keep a campaign promise to strike down anti-business legislation.

Ritter appeared non-committal, saying he has yet to see the bill in its final form.

“We’ll see what it looks like when it comes to my desk,” he said.

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Erin Rosa

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature.

Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state.

Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters.

She can be reached at erosa@coloradoindependent.com.

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