State troopers in Colorado have voted to form a union, according to Colorado WINS, a labor union coalition seeking to organize approximately 32,000 state workers.
The state trooper employee organization, known as the Association of Colorado State Patrol Professionals, is the first of its kind to form as a representative group for state employees since Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order in November supporting state worker efforts to unionize and form employee partnerships.More than 75 percent of state troopers participating in a mail-in election voted in favor of the union, according to Colorado WINS.
Colorado WINS, made up of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the Colorado Association of Public Employees/Service Employees International Union; and the American Federation of Teachers, claims that an overwhelming majority of the state’s 750 state patrol officers participated in the election, but the group did not give specific numbers.
The state troopers will soon begin negotiations with state officials to address workplace issues and concerns.