#81 – $30.5 Million in Organized Labor Costs

Jared Polis has signed a law that will cost Colorado counties up to $2.1 million each to comply with. SB22-230 grants collective bargaining rights to those who work for Colorado’s county governments. To meet these extra staffing needs, large counties will have to spend $2,144,950, medium-sized counties will spend $436,892, and small counties will spend $100,000. I support workers, but that’s $30.5 million in unplanned, extra staffing needs. Most counties will now need to hire legal and human resources employees that know labor laws and benefit plans for unions so that they can prepare for, negotiate, and manage collective bargaining agreements.