Colo. panel may help sheepherders with complaints |

Colo. panel may help sheepherders with complaints

This photo provided by Colorado Legal Services taken in the summer of 2009 in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, near Meeker, Colo., shows sheepherder Roel Espejo Camayo of Peru at his camp. Roel Espejo Camayo and another sheepherder worker filed a complaint this week alleging they were mistreated by their employer the John Peroulis & Sons Sheep, Inc. The debate on whether immigrant sheepherders get paid enough will continue for at least another year, as a bill that would've made legislative changes was scratched in favor of a proposed task force to study the matter for now. (AP Photo/ Colorado Legal Services)
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DENVER – The House approved a bill to create a committee this summer that could work with the federal government to resolve complaints between immigrant sheepherders and their employers.

Rep. Daniel Kagan, a Denver Democrat, says the 11-member task force will review work conditions and complaint procedures for sheepherders who allege they’re being mistreated.

Immigrant advocacy groups complain that the sheepherders often work as many as 90 hours a week for as little as $600 a month and in small, shabby trailers.

The bill passed Monday now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Lawmakers have rejected attempts to set wages and hours in the face of opposition from wool growers and cattle ranchers.

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