In late 2007 The Colorado FOP State Board of Trustees adopted the recommendation of the Labor Council Formation Committee and the Colorado State FOP Labor Council was formed. The trustees fully understood and supported the Labor Council's role and function within the State FOP when that decision was made. They realized the tremendous benefit this act would bring to the FOP membership across the state as a whole.
Each trustee that voted for the formation of a State Labor Council did so knowing its services are and will be needed. Each did so knowing the benefit that their lodge and their members would eventually receive from Labor Council membership. Each did so knowing that is what their members will eventually expect. Each did so knowing the important organizational need a Labor Council will fill for the continued growth and demands of our members and our future members across this state. Each did so knowing it was a proper and necessary step to take to fight off future raids by labor organizations such as the Teamsters and others that currently have those services to offer already in place.
FOP State President and Labor Council Chairman Frank Gale, his board, and the Executive Director are urging lodges to join the council as soon as feasible so we can begin building the resources necessary to meet the inevitable challenges ahead and address the current issues of our members. Based on the Trustees’ unanimous vote it is expected all lodges eventually will join. Some lodges have already answered that call; but many have yet to respond.
What the Colorado State Fraternal Order of Police needs is for each lodge to become a Labor Council member and begin collectively building the resources necessary to assist you in the future. The sooner this happens, the sooner the resource pool builds into a viable fund of talent and money.
This labor benefit concept is no different than the legal defense fund, and is as equally if not more important to our organizational future. The financial resource pooling and sharing is identical. So the council's ability to provide proper and adequate labor solutions to your members expands and improves with each new lodge that comes on board.