Colorado House approves benefits during labor lockouts
DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado House has approved a bill that would allow workers who are locked out by employers during labor disputes to collect unemployment benefits.
The bill, approved Thursday, would take effect next year. It now goes to the Senate.
Supporters say only workers locked out by companies seeking to coerce them to accept a contract offer would be eligible.
Opponents say the bill would allow unemployment benefit funds paid by all employers to be used as a strike fund for unions. They said striking union workers don’t qualify for unemployment.