ACSPP Collective Bargaining Membership Survey

Collective bargaining is a process of negotiation between an employer and a group of employees aimed at developing agreements to regulate working salaries, working conditions, benefits, and other aspects of workers' compensation and rights for workers. The interests of the employees are commonly presented by representatives of a trade union or association to which the employees belong.

Although HB 19-1273 failed to pass in 2019, we anticipate another bill to be introduced in the upcoming 2020 legislative session.  A copy of HB 19-1273 is available here.  Proponents of this legislation have asked if the ACSPP wants to be included in the bill.  Therefore, the ACSPP must decide if it wants to participate in collective bargaining, if authorized by the General Assembly, or maintain the status quo for employees of the Colorado State Patrol.

Regardless of the direction elected, there are costs that our members should be aware of and the board has determined it is necessary, and appropriate, to request input from the association's membership. The following survey has been developed for ACSPP members to guide the ACSPP Board in making this important decision.

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* 1. If the Colorado General Assembly authorizes collective bargaining for state employees, should the ACSPP be involved with collective bargaining?

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* 2. Collective bargaining negotiations will require a large amount of manpower and/or people with a very specific knowledge and skill set to get you the very best pay and benefits.  With this information in mind, would you approve an increase in membership dues to cover the cost of hiring a person or persons to manage and administer the collective bargaining initiative?

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* 3. Currently the ACSPP includes members representing all employee classifications with the Colorado State Patrol, including appointing authorities (any official or group of officials of the employer having legally designated powers of appointment, employment, or removal therefrom for a specific department, board, commission, division,or other agency of this employer). If the ACSPP becomes involved in collective bargaining, do you support the ACSPP representing all classification of employees (Troopers, Communication Officers, Professional Staff, etc.), as well as, appointing authorities in collective bargaining negotiations?

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* 4. Most agencies with collective bargaining maintain a "full release" employee to meet the demands of negotiating, meetings, etc.  This Trooper's salary is donated by association members' annual leave.  To provide enough leave as needed to meet the FTE requirement, the Trooper would need 2,088 hours. This would equate to roughly 3.5 hours of leave per member per year.  The 3.5 hours of donated leave is based on the current membership roster; donated leave hours becomes dependent upon whether membership increases or decreases. If association membership increases, time donated decreases. And, if membership decreases, time donated increases. Would you be willing to donate that leave?

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* 5. If collective bargaining happens, it would allow us to address issues involving pay, benefits, PERA, and working conditions.  Some examples of issues that could be addressed include, but are not limited to: Predictive Pay, Shift Differential and On-Call Pay, PERA benefits, Retirement Pay and Benefits, and Healthcare benefits to include the possibility of seeking our own healthcare plan for members and retirees.

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* 6. Please provide any comments or concerns you have concerning collective bargaining for state employees.

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* 7. To help us better understand our membership's concerns, please indicate the classification to which you belong:

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