What WINS members accomplished in 2018

As we come to the close of yet another year, we’re proud to look back at the accomplishments WINS members achieved due to the hard work, effective tactics, and a sound strategy in the past year. 

Here are some of the most important achievements of 2018.

At the legislature we: 

  • Secured a 3% across-the-board raise for state employees.
  • Salary adjustments for Mental Health Institutes’ direct care workers, who faced pay compression for several years (where salary for incoming workers was higher than that of veteran care staff).
  • Reduced retirement age for new Correctional Officers.
  • Worked to extend benefits for survivors of state employees who die in a work-related death from less than a month to more than 12 months.
  • Secured funding for rising healthcare costs so no employees see a decrease in take home pay.
  • Shored up the retirement fund with only some compromises
  • Secured due process for state employees accused of abuse and ensured employees found guilty will not have access to vulnerable populations

In Departments:

  • At DHS, members organized to submit comments during the Sunset Review of the Psychiatric Technical Licensing comment period, urging the state to continue the Psych Tech licensing program.
  • Addressed pay compression at Adams State University
  • Addressed pay compression at the State Mental Health Institutes
  • Began EMC at Grand Junction Regional Center
  • 150 idea cards from members for new CEO at CMHIP
  • Remedied incorrect leave calculation at GJRC through partnership with DPA 

Union accomplishments:

  • Added 500 new WINS members
  • Elected new Executive Board during the Triennial Member Convention
  • Trained 7 new stewards in DOC
  • Members volunteered 131 shifts to elect pro-worker candidates
  • Helped elect Nora Kelly to second term on the State Personnel Board
  • 67% of members voted in the mid-term election

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments the best thing you and your fellow Union members did at your workplace!

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