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Colorado Teamsters Condemn Gov. Polis for Veto of Worker Freedom Act

LU455 Polis veto rally

Teamsters, Union Allies Rally to Oppose Governors’ Anti-Worker Veto

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(DENVER) – Teamsters Local 455 and union allies rallied yesterday outside the state capitol to demand justice for Colorado workers following Governor Jared Polis’ (D) veto of the Worker Freedom Act, legislation that would enhance workers’ rights by outlawing employers from forcing workers to attend captive audience meetings.

“Governor Polis’ decision to veto the Worker Freedom Act sends a deeply disappointing message to workers who have supported him and his agenda, including Teamsters Local 455 members, that their priorities are not important in the state capitol,” said Dean Modecker, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 455. “In vetoing this legislation passed by both the Colorado House and Senate, the governor is ignoring the will of the people and the state legislature. The fight does not end here, and the Teamsters will hold Governor Polis accountable for this decision.”

The Worker Freedom Act would prevent Colorado employers from requiring employees to attend meetings where they are forced to listen to the employer’s political or religious beliefs. By allowing workers to opt-out of such captive audience meetings, the Act would protect workers from being intimidated or coerced to attend with threats of retaliation, discipline, or other consequences.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Teamsters Local 455 represents more than 10,000 members in the Rocky Mountains region. For more information, visit