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Public Sector Labor Relations: Colorado

Public Sector Labor Relations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Sarah Benjes, Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • In Colorado, public sector employees do not have the same organizational rights or collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act or the Colorado Labor Peace Act as private employees. See Public Sector Employees.
  • In 2007, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Executive Order D02807 authorizing partnership agreements with state employees. See Partnership Agreements.
  • The Division of Labor is charged with implementing and administering the Executive Order. See Division of Labor.
  • The Executive Order contains specific provisions regarding determination of representation, negotiating partnership agreements and dispute resolution. See Determination of Representation; Negotiating Partnership Agreements and Dispute Resolution.
  • Different rules regarding strikes apply depending on whether a public employee is covered by the Executive Order, the Colorado Labor Peace Act or the Industrial Relations Act. See Right to Strike.