A WINS win for state employees

According to today’s Denver Post, state workers were among the winners from this year’s legislative session. We appreciate the nod. The Post failed, however, to give credit where credit is due: it was Colorado WINS members who insisted on having a voice in their future and leaving their mark on the 2013 session!

Colorado WINS was on the offensive for better working conditions, more respect in the workplace and better healthcare offerings.

During the 2013 legislative session, WINS members fought for and won:

  • union-difference2% raise
    The FY 2013-14 budget, which goes into effect on July 1, 2013, includes a 2% raise for Colorado state employees.
  • Merit Pay
    The budget also includes funding for Merit Pay, a system of base-building increases designed to move workers through salary ranges. Employees who score a 2 or 3 on their evaluations can receive between .6% and 2.4% raise.
  • Lower healthcare premiums
    While the original budget proposal covered only half of the projected premium increase, members secured millions in additional funding to fully cover the Health/Life/Dental premium increases.
  • End of 28-day system
    Passage of Senate Bill 210 ends the 28-day system for corrections officers, improves overtime pay and establishes work period and compensation practices (ARs) “through discussions with employees,” among other solutions.

And much more on the way:

  • A statewide wellness program, which includes significant financial incentives for participation, scheduled to start  in July — negotiated by COWINS Healthcare Representatives with DPA
  • DOC discussions to  implement changes required by SB 210, as intended by COWINS members
  • Re-envisioning the future of Colorado’s Regional Centers, working to ensure a transition that protects workers and the clients they serve.
  • New EMCs throughout DHS, based upon a newly re-signed Partnership Agreement with Management
  • A stronger voice on Higher Education campuses across the state
  • Continued work on total compensation, salary survey, and healthcare benefits

Colorado WINS was the only organization fighting to win concrete victories that improve quality of services, working conditions, safety, pay and benefits for state employees. If you are not a member, join today.


Colorado WINS members during Lobby Day 2013.

Colorado WINS members during Lobby Day 2013.

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