August 19, 2019

Colorado Supreme Court: City & County of Denver Has Authority to Unilaterally Draft Disciplinary Rules

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in City & County of Denver v. Denver Firefighters Local No. 858 on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Firefighters—Departmental Rules of Conduct—Firefighter Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively—Denver City Charter.

In this case, which involved an issue of first impression, the Supreme Court held that the City and County of Denver has authority to unilaterally draft and implement disciplinary rules. This authority is not limited by the Denver firefighters’ right to engage in collective bargaining. Accordingly, the Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals because the court of appeals erroneously concluded that discipline is a term and condition of employment that is subject to collective bargaining. The case was remanded to the trial court.

Summary and full case available here.