Colorado firefighters protest veto of union bill
DENVER, Colorado – Dozens of firefighters have held a rally in Denver to protest Gov. Bill Ritter’s veto of a bill that would have let them unionize without local government approval.
The rally Friday at the AFL-CIO’s Colorado headquarters drew dozens of supporters. Several of them carried signs asking “Why does Ritter hate firefighters?”
Some firefighters say the governor broke a campaign promise to support the bill.
Ritter says he vetoed the measure because the decision of whether to allow firefighters to unionize and bargain collectively should be left to local governments.
Wildfires have become more numerous, bigger and more destructive in the past 40 years. That’s a big deal in a town surrounded by public land.