Hilary Glasgow, Executive Director of Colorado WINS, which represents nearly 30,000 people who work for the state, including more than 2,500 in the Dept. of Transportation, issued the following statement about the repair work to U.S. 36.
“As commuters in the Denver metro area faced the fallout from part of U.S. 36 crumbling, state employees stepped in at a moment’s notice to keep them safe. These hardworking and dedicated people work around the clock taking care of us and our roads, despite the chronic understaffing and rising turnover in their department and across the state.
“This incident shows exactly why an investment in state employees in an investment in our communities. Each day, state employees in all 64 of Colorado’s counties use their knowledge and years of experience to deliver the best services they can to our communities, whether that’s fixing U.S. 36, ensuring our air and water are clean, or caring for veterans or people with disabilities. These services often go unnoticed, until an emergency — or a commute delay — shines a spotlight on the crucial services they provide to all of us.
“Colorado’s state employees in all departments are dedicated to their jobs and deserve to be recognized for the important contributions they make to our communities and our economy. The state can do just that by giving employees a voice on the job and the freedom to collectively bargain a union contract.
“As we did in 2014 when this Public Private Partnership was signed, we continue to oppose P3s building our Colorado highways. The lack of transparency in these deals causes confusion about who is responsible for the cost of repairs and whether the unpaid toll revenue will fall to taxpayers to make up.”