Friday, June 30, 2017

City says "no" to firefighters' pursuit of ballot measure

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:47 PM

click to enlarge This photo was taken as Mountain Shadows burned during the Waldo Canyon Fire in June 2012. - FILE PHOTO
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  • This photo was taken as Mountain Shadows burned during the Waldo Canyon Fire in June 2012.
So much for a state law enabling Colorado Springs firefighters to seek voters' permission to collectively bargain for pay and benefits.

City Clerk Sarah Johnson wrote to Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association Local 5 president David Noblitt in a letter dated Friday, June 30, saying go pound sand.

Actually, the letter was more formal than that, making the point that as a home-rule city, Colorado Springs considers Senate Bill 25, enacted to allow firefighters to seek voter approval of collective bargaining, not applicable to the city.

"Home rule municipalities have exclusive authority over municipal elections....," Johnson wrote.

Read the letter here:

Noblitt tells the Independent via email:
I am still just a bit flabbergasted on what they find so destructive about SB-25. Is it that they just don't like being told what to do by the state? Maybe if we didn't have to wait 7 weeks for a 30 minute meeting with the Mayor, we could have agreed to a different course. I'm not saying we wouldn't pursue collective bargaining, its just that we could have pursued things a bit differently. So far all we have heard in response to any submitted request has been "no".

I don't know if that answers your question. I guess I would directly say that it would be good to be included within the discussion. That simply shutting down an effort to allow public safety employees to have a say with their employer on their ability to perform their jobs is being hampered, without discussion, feels a bit disheartening. State law or not!
We broke the story this week about Local 5's desire to mount a ballot measure. ("Fired up," News, June 28, 2017)

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