(Jan. 30) – This week, the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee defeated a so-called “right-to-work” bill. The bill would have hampered the ability of workers in our state to organize, a right provided through long-standing federal law.
“A win for Union Workers today! HB18-1101 (Right to Work) was defeated in committee,” said Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge. “Thank you to all my union brothers and sisters that attended our meeting and had their voices heard.This legislation is bad for workers and bad for our economy.”
HB19-1101 would have restricted the ability of unions to negotiate better wages and safer working conditions for workers. This bill would have also prevented employers from exercising their right to hire union-trained and certified employees. If passed, the bill would have had devastating impacts on worker wages and protections, further stacking the deck against hardworking families in our state.
A large Economic Policy Institute study from 2011 found that, after controlling for a host of factors, right-to-work states have lower wages on average than states without right-to-work laws.