State employees in Colorado are rising. Colorado WINS president Skip Miller explains what’s happening in our campaign to secure the freedom to collectively bargain for nearly 29,000 state employees — and why YOUR voice is needed to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions for state employees.
1. Watch the Video
2. Join the Union
Secure your freedom to collectively bargain for better pay, benefits, and working conditions as a full Colorado WINS member.
3. The Road Ahead
Below is a joint statement from Gov. Polis and Hilary Glasgow, Colorado WINS Executive Director:
The state employees who serve the citizens of Colorado do critical work to keep us safe, clear our roads, provide nursing care for our veterans, maintain our parks and natural resources, keep our air and water clean, respond to emergencies and so much more. We value the voices of state employees in improving public services and fostering innovation and efficiency. Since 2007, the State and Colorado WINS have worked in partnership to improve public services for all Coloradans.
To achieve our shared goal of providing the highest quality public services for Coloradans, the State of Colorado and state employees, represented by Colorado WINS, will expand our existing partnership to make the state an example of innovation in public service. Additionally, over the next 6 months we will enter into discussions to address outstanding issues surrounding House Bill 1273 and other issues affecting the state workforce and the people of Colorado that cannot be resolved in the few remaining days that exist in the legislative session. We are confident that we will successfully resolve these outstanding issues before the 2020 legislative session.
We believe we all benefit when frontline workers come together to find solutions so that Colorado is a place where all families and communities can thrive.
Statement from Representative Daneya Esgar:
“I deeply value the expertise and dedication of state employees who provide vital services for our state that make life better for all of us. We all benefit when state workers join together to find solutions so that Colorado is a place where all families and communities can thrive. I introduced HB 19-1273 “The Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act” to give frontline workers the freedom to collectively bargain, so they may improve public services and ensure they can provide for their families. State employees who do critical work to keep us safe, clear our roads, provide nursing care for our veterans, maintain our parks and natural resources, keep our air and water clean, respond to emergencies, and more should have the freedom to join together to negotiate for fair pay and benefits to support their families.
I support the efforts of Colorado WINS and the State to expand their existing partnership to make the state an example of innovation in public service. I urge Colorado WINS and the Governor to take the next six months to work through existing issues and reach agreement in time to put forward legislation in January 2020 that includes collective bargaining, so frontline workers have a seat at the table and the ability to advocate for the resources they need to deliver the highest quality services for Coloradans. Governor Polis has spoken of his support for collective bargaining many times. This is an opportunity for his Administration to set a positive example for the rest of the state by extending these rights to his employees.
When state employees have the freedom to negotiate with the state everyone wins. The State will benefit by attracting and retaining skilled, motivated workers and fix the brain drain of qualified and experienced employees leaving state employment for the private sector. It is long past time for Colorado to join private sector workers and 34 other states around the country that allow state employees the freedom to collectively bargain a union contract. It is the right thing to do and a critical component of building a Colorado for All.”