During the Lincoln Club of Colorado’s summer barbecue on Wednesday, August 28, Sen. Greg Brophy and Secretary of State Scott Gessler both slammed the executive order that allows state employees to negotiate on compensation and personnel issues.
The Denver Post reports: “If either state Sen. Greg Brophy or Secretary of State Scott Gessler becomes governor in 2015 they would on Day 1 sign an order authorizing the execution of death row inmate Nathan Dunlap and rescind an executive order allowing state workers to unionize. […]
The state employee order was originally signed by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter and kept in place by Hickenlooper when he took office in 2011. State workers don’t have collective bargaining rights and can’t go on strike, but they are allowed to negotiate on compensation and personnel issues.”
Colorado WINS Executive Director Tim Markham has issued a statement in response to the comments made by Sen. Brophy and Secretary Gessler.
Brophy and Gessler’s statements are an insult to the thousands of state workers who serve the people of Colorado every day. These are our friends and neighbors who plow our roads, care for our veterans, and keep us safe from dangerous criminals.
Sen Brophy’s words are particularly troubling in light of the recent Senate Republican attack on Colorado Corrections Officers. He signed a letter from the Senate Republicans that said Colorado corrections officers, the people protecting us from rapists and murderers 24/7, should take a 1/3 pay cut. Really? Their reward for putting their lives on the line protecting us is cutting their pay?
Not only is this insulting, it’s an economic assault on the rural communities Senator Brophy represents. The state is Colorado’s largest employer, so hurting state workers hurts Colorado’s economic recovery, especially on rural communities who depend on public employees.
We’re proud of the successful partnerships we’ve formed with the state and our working together towards a common goal of improved services for our fellow taxpayers. Brophy and Gessler would take Colorado backwards.
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