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.
A survey showed a good bit of support for local government action to bolster workforce housing in town. For now though, that support stops at supporting a new tax for funding.