Business groups call on governor to protect Labor Peact Act

Representatives from 15 business groups have sent a letter to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asking for his help in maintaining a 76-year-old compromise between labor and management.

Tony Gagliardi, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business in Colorado and one of the signers of the letter, said there are concerns there could be efforts in the upcoming legislative session to amend the Labor Peace Act.

Established in the 1940s, the Labor Peace Act constitutes a compromise that ensures employees who seek union representation can organize while also giving fellow employees a voice with regard to paying union dues.

While there’s nothing yet in bill form, Gagliardi said there could be an effort by organized labor to find sympathetic lawmakers to amend the Labor Peace Act in a way that would change the timing and requirement of a second election in addition to the number votes determining the threshold required for passage.

“Our business community has held onto this carefully crafted compromise and opposed efforts to modify it,” the letter stated. “While we appreciate the outreach from organized labor seeking to amend the Labor Peace Act, we want to be clear about our opposition to any changes in current law. The Labor Peace Act has been a challenging compromise to hold on to, and we support the fragile balance it provides… Let’s not fix what’s not broken.”

Gagliardi agreed. “Something that has been working well for 76 years should be enshrined as an accomplishment and allowed to continue. The Labor Peace Act is one of the few laws that has lived up to its name.”