Colorado Labor Council Information
The Colorado FOP Labor Council has been operational since 2008. During that time we have grown to 22 lodges with over 2,600 members. We anticipate that growth to continue throughout 2013 and beyond. The Labor Council was established to address the ever increasing demand for expertise and assistance on workplace labor issues that traditional unions commonly provide their members. Members increasingly viewed their FOP membership as more than just Legal Defense, and looked toward the FOP for services involving terms and conditions of employment.
The Colorado State Lodge is first and foremost dedicated to improve working conditions for all officers in Colorado. The Colorado Labor Council was created to assist all lodges in Colorado whether they currently have collective bargaining rights or not. We stand ready to assist member lodges on all labor matters regardless of the size of your department or your geographical location in the State.
The principles behind any unified group working for a common cause is the immediate benefit that comes from the total resources and expertise of being part of that group. Whether a lodge benefits immediately by having its current labor issues addressed or not is not the primary reason for joining. The fact is all who join will eventually profit from their membership.
This is something which each lodge that is not currently a council member will have to examine and address eventually as public safety budgets are stripped and benefits reduced or frozen,. The price you pay now is nowhere near the price you may have to pay in the future if you do not belong; or if you come on board at the last minute. Much like a life insurance policy; eventually all who belong will collect. Eventually your lodge will need the financial assistance and expertise the Labor Council can provide. It is inevitable. Join the Labor Council now and help the entire state FOP and your lodge, prepare and be ready to meet today’s labor demands and needs and those of the future.
All Labor Council member lodges eventually use Labor Council services; some more than others, but over time, and depending on ever changing management practices in various counties & cities, it balances out. Labor Council member lodges that have the right to bargain use the Labor Council as a primary service providing collective bargaining, contract development and negotiations, grievance processing, arbitration, and local political action assistance. Although that is a major service for our Lodges that bargain the fact is most of the issues we deal with, and where many workplace labor problems happen, is in lodges that do not have negotiated contracts or bargaining rights in place.
However, the majority of member lodges of the Labor Council currently do not collectively bargain. Those lodges tend to have more labor issues and make up a larger portion of the work done by the Labor Council. In fact we spend far more time and resources dealing with workplace problems and violations of law in non-labor lodges than we do in those that have negotiated contracts. In cities where an FOP Lodge has a negotiated contract in place we see very few violations of the negotiated agreement. And when violations do occur there is a grievance process in place to deal with them. However, in Labor Council member lodges that do not have bargaining or negotiated contracts workers’ rights fall back on federal and state legislation providing specific standards and protections; or on local code, ordinance, or charter provisions extending certain workplace standards, protections and rights to the employees.
Hardly a week goes by when we are not fielding questions or providing assistance, opinion, or advice on labor issues and basic workers’ rights. A major portion of the work we do involves violations or alleged violations concerning federal and state laws governing the FLSA (Fair Labor Standard Act), Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Workman’s Compensation.
Non-bargaining Lodges find it difficult to address these possible violations involving workers rights. They simply do not have the expertise or resources to answer member complaints involving FLSA, EEO, or Workmen’s’ Comp rules and provisions. The leadership of those lodges relies on their membership in the Labor Council to address those concerns and possible violations, and take the necessary action when violations have occurred. That is the primary reason most lodges hold membership in the Labor Council. Lodges rely on that membership as a service to their membership in addressing possible violations of statutory rights.
In addition to the primary service the Labor Council assists member lodges in local political action and developing positive relationships with City Council members and County Commissioners. The Labor Council will also assist in writing Charter Amendments, Ordinances, and County Code granting collective bargaining and lobbying local government to adopt such legislation. We will assist and give expertise to member lodges in petition drives and local elections to obtain bargaining rights.
The Labor Council uses three law firms that have established expertise in all services we provide. I have listed those law firms below along with the expertise they bring:
McCauley & Roach LLC
Burg Simpson P.C. (Marshal & Nick Fogel)
Elkus & Sisson, P.C.
Colorado FOP Labor Council
PO BOX 5768
Denver, CO 80217
Page Last Updated: Jun 23, 2013 (11:29:00)