The House Business Affairs and Labor Committee delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed law that would let workers who are “locked out” during labor disputes collect unemployment benefits.

House Bill 1170, sponsored by Rep. Edward Casso, D-Commerce City, has drawn opposition from business leaders who said the legislation gives unions the upper hand in labor disputes.

Business leaders say the bill comes at a bad time for the economy, as many companies weigh cutting benefits and wages to keep afloat and retain jobs during the worst global economic downturn in several decades.

But labor leaders argue the bill is a step toward restoring labor laws that were in effect for 30 years prior to 1999.

Supporters also say the measure would ensure that union workers who are “locked out” by an employer can receive unemployment benefits to help them pay the bills while they’re off the job.


  1. So, because my union decides to strike, I am not completely without income, I am locked out and can’t even picket to support my family. My union has had 5 years to get this stuff together and get something resolved or better yet take some of the 10 million dollars a year of our hard earned money and use it to find some type of backup plan in case there is a danger of a strike. No! my union does nothing for me and now, niether does my state representative. I’ll make sure I remember this!
    The people that this really effects do not even have a choice of striking.

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