Colorado WINS president Paul Boni makes a speech during the signing of HB 1321. Behind him, left to right, are Sen. Keith King, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Mark Ferrandino and WINS Executive Director Scott Wasserman.
HB 1321 takes effect September 1, 2012 and begins the process of increasing wages for state employees who are stuck at the bottom of their pay range. It also makes changes to retention rights, protecting seniority for employees, and adds new options for state workers who face a layoff due to reorganization or reduction in workforce.
Gov. Hickenlooper signs HB 1321 at the Capitol on June 6, as witnessed by, left to right, DPA director Kathy Nesbitt, Speaker Frank McNulty, WINS president Paul Boni, Rep. Mark Ferrandino and WINS Executive Director Scott Wasserman.
This bill is a step in the right direction but work remains to fix longstanding problems. If you are not a WINS member, join Colorado WINS today and stand with the only organization fighting to improve quality of services, working conditions, safety, pay and benefits for state employees. It will take an even stronger organization to win additional victories for Colorado’s workers.
A companion piece of legislation, HCR-1001, was approved by the General Assembly and will go before voters on the November ballot as Amendment S.
Amendment S is a package of constitutional changes to the classified personnel system. Colorado WINS has launched a website, www.watercoolercolorado.com, to help workers and the public navigate the issues around Amendment S. Based on feedback from workers, members and non-members, the Colorado WINS Executive Board decided to remain neutral on this package. We believe the personnel system, which protects taxpayers and workers alike, will remain intact regardless of the outcome of Amendment S.
WINS member and CDOT employee Tony Caruso speaking to the media after HB 1321 was signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper.
Although our official position is to remain neutral, Colorado WINS will be actively engaged in the discussion on Amendment S to help citizens and state employees understand what it does and does not do.
Click here for the Governor’s media release on HB 1321.
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