Friday’s release of the annual comparison of Colorado’s state workforce to their private sector counterparts, known as the Annual Compensation Report, highlights what many state workers already know: there needs to be more fairness and economic security for public employees.
“The last two years of raises have helped make up for years of falling behind, but it’s not enough if we want to keep the best and the brightest serving Colorado taxpayers,” said Colorado WINS Executive Director Tim Markham. “As the economy improves, the state is losing employees to the private sector. We need to step up and recognize the value of our public workers at correctional facilities, veterans homes, transportation facilities, and centers for the developmentally disabled across the state. Their work matters to all of us and it should be rewarded fairly.”
As the report shows on page 7, each of the state’s seven occupational groups are lagging behind the market. These occupational groups lag anywhere from 1% to 6.1% behind the market.
“For many years State workers have served the citizens of Colorado well and did not have wage increases due to the economic crisis,” said WINS member Diane Cruse from Conifer, who works at DHS. “We contributed our share to support the State, going under the private sector pay, and now that the economy has improved it is time to support us. It’s a simple matter of fairness when it comes to bring us more in line with the private sector.”