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Campaigns

Otto Moore

Otto Moore Website

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Terry Frost

Terry Frost Website

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Leo Gordon

Leo Gordon Website

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Jennifer Robles

Jennifer Robles Website

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Colorado State Employees Lobby Brigade

Group #COworkersRising Website

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Rep. Daneya Esgar, Serena Hanson, Laura Yard

Daneya + Serena Website

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Daria Evangelista, John Suprenant, Sherri Carrasco

Sherri Daria John Website

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Dana Vanvoorhees

Dan Vanvoorhees holds her signed petition for collective bargaining for state employees

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Study: collective bargaining leads to better state services, reduced costs for taxpayers

Chronic understaffing and skyrocketing turnover rates cost the state of Colorado $48 million in 2018. Today, one in five authorized state jobs is vacant, undermining some of Colorado’s most essential public health and protection services. State employees on the frontlines every day know how to address these challenges but they need effective tools to do it.

Last week, the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) released a white paper that establishes collective bargaining as one of those tools. Collective Bargaining can Reduce Turnover and Improve Public Services in Colorado clearly shows that giving state employee the freedom to collectively bargain a union contract brings better services to Colorado communities.

During testimony at the Colorado House State Affairs hearing April 9, Rich Jones, the author of the white paper, said, “Academic research in this area shows that collective bargaining, and giving workers more control, more voice in their jobs and their operations, gets greater commitment and results in lower turnover rates.” He pointed out that when compared to other Western states, turnover in Colorado’s Department of Human Services is among the highest.   

“Having unions and collective bargaining helps implement the use of high-performance work practices [that] give employees more say on the job and result in stronger performance,” Jones testified. He added that collective bargaining can also lead to safer workplaces and increased “quality and effectiveness of services provided to Coloradans.”

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WINS Bill Passes House Committee, Colorado Workers Cheer

The WINS bill was approved by a key Colorado House committee on Tuesday, April 10, 2019. Nearly 29,000 state employees are now one giant step closer to securing the freedom to collectively bargain a union contract.

Here’s what it looked like…

The WINS bill passes the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee to the cheers of workers from across Colorado.

What’s Next for the WINS Bill

The WINS bill still has a long road ahead. To see this bill become law, we need to show Colorado legislators as much support by and for state employees — and the vital public services we provide — as possible.

How You Can Help State Employees

You can help thousands of workers like us secure a real seat at the decision-making table and the power we need to help address workforce issues like turnover, understaffing and understaffing that are undermining public services in Colorado.

Coloradans deserve better. And, as state Rep. Jovan Melton said in this week’s hearing, “State employees deserve better.”

Show your support for the WINS bill as it makes its way to the full House for consideration. Just share a #COworkersRising or #UnionsForAll photo or video by email or on social networks to help build this campaign for workers. 

 

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