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February 10, 2022
Colorado Education Association Members Rally with Coalition
Calls on Lawmakers to Introduce Collective Bargaining Bill
DENVER – Today members of the Colorado Education Association (CEA) participated in a rally on the west steps of the State Capitol as a part of the coalition Public Workers United Colorado, calling on lawmakers to introduce a statewide collective bargaining bill. The proposed bill, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar (D-HD46) and Sen. Steve Fenberg (D-SD18), would give all public employees in the state of Colorado the right to form and be recognized as a union.
“Coloradans want all of our students to thrive and succeed, and public school educators are actually the experts on how to make that happen,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association. “The problem is our voices are too often dismissed and even disrespected in some circles. That’s why all K-12 educators absolutely deserve collective-bargaining rights.”
“Every single worker in Colorado deserves the right to choose a union with collective bargaining rights, especially public workers like us,” said Jennifer Muñoz, secretary and member of Jefferson County Support Professionals Association. “We are the ones working for Colorado students and parents every day, both in and out of the classroom. We are experts in our field, and can speak firsthand to the challenges Colorado students and educators currently face, and how we can all work together to overcome them.”
The bill has yet to be introduced and the CEA and its partners are continuing to work with the bill sponsors and stakeholders to introduce legislation to ensure all public workers, the very workers who have been on the frontlines in our communities, across the state are covered.
About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state. As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.
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