Colo. panel may help sheepherders with complaints |

Colo. panel may help sheepherders with complaints

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have put off for at least a year passing legislation that would set minimum wages and working conditions for immigrant sheepherders.

But they voted Tuesday to set up a committee this summer that they say could work with the federal government to resolve complaints against employers.

Rep. Daniel Kagan, a Denver Democrat, says the 11-member task force will review work conditions and complaint procedures.

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

Kagan says foreign workers are sometimes subjected to 90-hour work weeks for anywhere from $600 to $750 a month on ranches in the West.

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