On June 5th 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 25, to give firefighters political rights protection, a mandatory seat at the table on safety issues and a collective bargaining process across the state of Colorado. Mike Rogers, President of the Colorado International Association of firefighters issued the following statement:
We were very pleased to attend a bill signing with Governor Hickenlooper on SB 25 that finally gives political rights, a seat at the table and a collective bargaining process to all firefighters across the state of Colorado. We worked collaboratively with the Governor’s office and other stakeholders to craft a bill that works for everyone and that protects the safety and livelihoods of our first responders. We look forward to working closely with the Governor’s office moving forward as we implement the bill and very much would like to thank his office for their support, their collaboration, and their willingness to negotiate and come up with a solution.