Colorado Senate backs jobless benefits during lockouts
DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado Senate has passed a measure that would allow locked-out workers to collect unemployment benefits.
House Bill 1170 was approved Tuesday on a straight party-line vote, with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting against.
It now heads back to the House because of differences over when the change takes effect.
The House voted to delay the change until next year so it doesn’t apply to grocery store labor negotiations now under way. The Senate changed the start date back to July 1.
Colorado allowed workers to collect unemployment during lockouts until 1999. Three years earlier, Safeway workers were locked out when King Soopers went on strike.