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Bill Detail: SB22-230

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Title Collective Bargaining For Counties
Status Governor Signed (05/27/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 04/25/2022

Beginning January 1, 2023, the bill grants the public employees of
a county the right to:
  • Organize, form, join, or assist an employee organization or
refrain from doing so;
  • Engage in collective bargaining;
  • Engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of

collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection;
  • Communicate with other county employees and with
employee organization representatives and receive and
distribute literature regarding employee organization
issues; and
  • Have an exclusive representative at formal discussions
concerning a grievance, a personnel policy or practice, or
any other condition of employment.
The bill clarifies that county employees may participate fully in the
political process.
Additionally, the bill:
  • Grants the exclusive representative of county employees
the right to access public employees at work, through
electronic communication, and through other means,
including employee orientations;
  • Requires counties to honor county employee authorizations
for payroll deductions for the exclusive representative;
  • Clarifies that specific rights of county employers are not
impaired unless otherwise agreed to in a collective
bargaining agreement;
  • Requires the director of the division of labor standards and
statistics in the department of labor and employment
(director) to enforce, interpret, apply, and administer the
provisions of the bill, and, in doing so, to hold hearings and
impose administrative remedies;
  • Authorizes the director or any party of interest to request a
district court to enforce orders made pursuant to the bill;
  • Sets forth the process by which an employee organization
is certified and decertified as the exclusive representative
of county employees;
  • Sets forth the process by which an appropriate bargaining
unit is determined; and
  • Requires the county and the exclusive representative to
collectively bargain in good faith.
The bill states that the collective bargaining agreement is an
agreement negotiated between an exclusive representative and a county
that must:
  • Be for a term of at least 12 months and not more than 60
months; and
  • Provide a grievance procedure that culminates in final and
binding arbitration.
The bill prohibits a collective bargaining agreement from:
  • Delaying the prompt interviewing of county employees
under investigation;
  • Permitting a public employee to use paid time for a
suspension from employment;
  • Permitting the expungement of disciplinary records under
certain circumstances; and
  • Imposing limits on the period of time for which a county
employee may be disciplined for incidents of violence.
The bill describes the dispute resolution process that the exclusive
representative and a county must follow if an impasse arises during the
negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.
The bill sets forth the actions taken during the collective
bargaining process by a county or an exclusive representative that are
unfair labor practices.

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