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State workers get union ballots

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A drive by the labor coalition Colorado WINS to represent 32,000 state government employees through “partnership agreements” has seen a successful, if not overwhelming, first round.

Roughly 30% of 22,500 state workers who received ballots in May returned them, with a majority voting to join in the agreements. “Partnership agreements” would give limited collective-bargaining rights to state employees under an executive order issued by Gov. Bill Ritter last November.

Colorado WINS consists of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Colorado Association of Public Employees/Service Employees International and the American Federation of Teachers.

Fewer than 6,000 state workers were union members before Ritter’s order.

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