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Firefighters union hoping voters will approve collective bargaining

Posted: 1:38 PM, Jan 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-11 15:38:30-05

The election isn’t until April, but members of the Colorado Springs professional firefighters union are working to convince voters to approve a measure to give them collective bargaining power.

Voters will decide if the union can negotiate with the city to determine their pay and benefits. A union spokesperson says using nonbinding arbitration will help the fire department get more equipment and money. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers says allowing collective bargaining will hamper the budget and force them to give police or public works less money.