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In light of recent news about a community leader doxing public employees, Colorado WINS Executive Director Hilary Glasgow released the following statement:
“In Colorado, we know that serious consequences have come to state employees when one individual committed a terrible crime using a worker’s home address. It is a disgrace to see a community leader take it upon himself to publicize that information and encourage people to harass public servants at home. Mark Hall has endangered the safety of health workers who provide essential services to the communities he claims to serve, so Colorado WINS will be taking measures to ensure that state employees will be able to continue their work free of harassment and threats.
This year, like every year, Colorado public employees put their lives at risk to protect our communities and keep our state running. Like all employees, they should be able to do their job free of intimidation and harassment. Now more than ever they need our support to eliminate the COVID-19 virus.
State employees need help, not harassment, to finish the job and eradicate the COVID-19 virus from Colorado. Instead of fighting with each other, we must come together and invest in good public services so that when unprecedented threats, like the COVID-19 pandemic, invade our families and communities, we are able to rely on public services to pull us out of a crisis. ”
Pueblo, CO – As Congress passes year-end COVID legislation, Colorado WINS Executive Director Hilary Glasgow issued the following statement:
“Every state budget across the country — including Colorado — is impacted by the pandemic. As many working families suffer as a result of the economic downturn, the need for public services is even higher, due to the demands of responding to COVID-19.
That’s why it’s so disappointing that our elected leaders passed COVID relief legislation that fails to get money flowing into our communities to invest in the very people getting us through this pandemic. We need to respect, protect and pay the people providing services that are keeping communities running throughout this crisis — and, in many cases, at great personal risk to themselves and their families.
The newest COVID bill includes some badly needed relief like funding for unemployment benefits, education, and vaccine distribution. Still, Senate Republicans, including Cory Gardner and Mitch McConnell, have not done nearly enough to support the millions of families who are suffering and states that are struggling to meet basic needs in our communities.
Our communities need targeted investment, especially Black, Latino, Asian, Native, and immigrant communities that are becoming ill, dying, and losing jobs at higher rates. Congress needs to work together to pass a relief bill that will inject funds into state and local governments, so Colorado can continue to deliver vital public services that keep our communities safe and our families healthy.
Without urgent federal help, Colorado’s state and local governments may not be able to provide the critical services many residents depend on, like transportation, access to health care, and protecting the public’s health and safety.
During the Great Recession, as state and federal governments reduced their investments in our communities to address budget shortfalls, Colorado’s state employees took furlough days, pay cuts, and reductions in benefits to ensure a healthy recovery for our state. But even before then, the Taxpayers Bill Of Right (TABOR) put a chokehold on Colorado’s state budget and its ability to invest in public services. As a result we saw increasing job loss, decreasing access to essential services, and dramatically reduced investment in public services.
Now, the pandemic has shown us that we’re all in this together — no matter who we are, where we’re from, or the color of our skin — whether it’s for day-to-day needs like groceries, critical benefits like unemployment, or lifesaving services like emergency response and health care.
It’s time for the federal government to lead by ensuring money flows to our communities and we look forward to working with the Biden administration to get this done. That means investing in good jobs and the people providing essential services, ensuring enhanced unemployment assistance for families, and providing funding for state and local governments so our communities have the services families need to get through the next few critical months.”
Colorado WINS is the union representing more than 28,000 classified state employees who work to ensure our quality of life in communities across the state and provide essential services to more than 5.6 million Coloradans.
Dear State Employees,
My administration and your union, Colorado WINS, are dedicated to investing in the hardworking people that serve our great state. Many of you have worked day and night during this past year to ensure that we can save Coloradans lives and come out stronger from this public health crisis. We have heard your need for a Paid Family Medical Leave program to care for a loved one, welcome a new child into the home, or recover from a serious illness. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for this type of program as many state employees are juggling the challenges of providing services to Coloradans, dealing with a life-altering event, and taking care of themselves and their families.
One of the core values of my administration is supporting women and families. That is why I have championed lowering the cost of healthcare with programs like reinsurance, free full day kindergarten and expanding access to preschool. It is also why many of my senior and cabinet level positions are held by women, many who have young children. Today I am proud to say that Paid Leave will now be a reality for Coloradans.
Colorado voters approved a ballot initiative creating an insurance program that will allow employers in the State to offer Family Medical Leave Insurance beginning in 2024. And we are taking immediate steps, prior to the commencement of collective bargaining, to offer a paid benefit to State employees effective January 1, 2021.
Permanent full-time State employees within the Executive Branch will be eligible for up to 80 hours of Paid Family Medical Leave. Part-time employees will have this benefit prorated based on their hours worked. Eligibility for the state employee program will coincide with the State’s current Family and Medical Leave Act program, effectively ensuring that the first two weeks of unpaid leave are now paid, and employees must have 12 months of total State service in order to receive the benefit.
We know that 80 hours is not enough, it’s far from that. You deserve more than that, but this is just the beginning and it provides hope for the future. We are excited to offer this new benefit to you as we trailblaze new ways to elevate the State as an Employer of Choice.
We will continue to communicate with you as this program is finalized and implemented. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please refer to the Paid Family Medical Leave FAQs or contact your HR representative.
Thank you for all you do for the people of Colorado.
Gov. Jared Polis & Hilary Glasgow
On Thursday, Colorado WINS hosted a Legislative Tea to share how Legislators can support us in our 2021 Contract Campaign and give them an update on our efforts so far. We were proud to host nearly 20 of our legislative champions and share our vision for Colorado.
We know our state’s communities better than anyone because we serve them everyday. That’s why we believe that our state can be a place where everyone can thrive and leave a better future for our children. That’s what we want to achieve — and it starts with our first union contract.
Marc Morgan, from CO Dept. of Public Health Environment presented our vision for Colorado – one where everyone can make a decent living and afford to live in our state, save for the future, do our best in our job and give our kids a great start in life. Valerie Bartell, from CO Dept. of Transportation also joined to share our more immediate goals for the 2021 contract. This year Colorado WINS surveyed state employees across Colorado to identify their issues in the workplace and identified what it would take to make their jobs even better.
After surveying thousands of state employees we found they are united for: closing the compensation gap, filling vacancies across departments, ensuring workplace equity, and safety on the job. Additionally, we are going to advocate for a base-building, across-the-board raise this year because we know that the sooner we can properly compensate state employees, the better our state will be.
When Coloradans have good jobs, they can pay their rent or mortgage, fill their refrigerators, buy their prescriptions and invest in the supplies their kids need to learn. When they don’t, entire communities suffer. That’s why, in this moment, we must stand with and for each other across our differences and fight for a strong union contract.
If you are not a member already, we encourage you to join us. If you are a member and are interested in getting more involved, you can submit this form to learn more about the Bargaining Team or Contract Action Team.
While presidential votes are still being counted, we can already see that Colorado had a successful Election Night.This was the highest turnout election in Colorado’s history, which speaks to how well our voting system works for everyone – Republican, Democrat, or independent.
Colorado WINS left it all on the table. State employees put in over 529 hours of volunteering. We called and texted over 217,000 voters in Colorado and spoke with over 40,000 Coloradans about the importance of voting for candidates who will support working people. Through phone banks, text banks, mail and literature drops, state employees have done their part to ensure that candidates who care about working people got elected. The difficulties of 2020 have shown us that we’re all in this together — no matter who we are, where we’re from, or the color of our skin — we must work together to invest in public services. Read on to see more of our victories!
We worked hard to repeal the outdated Gallagher Amendment. As it stood, this amendment would force first responders, schools and frontline health providers to cut budgets and give wealthy neighborhoods tax breaks while increasing the tax burden on small businesses – particularly in low-income communities. As public servants, we knew this was dangerous, especially in a time when public services have been cut year after year and our tax dollars are stretched further than ever to provide essential services. We fought hard – and won – to take this amendment out of Colorado’s constitution.
Colorado WINS stood strong and advocated for women’s rights this election season and helped defeat a harmful anti-choice bill. Proposition 115 was the latest in a long line of attempts to ban abortion in Colorado. Proponents of this ballot measure have said outright they want to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term — even in cases of rape, risks to the woman’s health, or a lethal fetal diagnosis. We reached out to 10,000 voters about this dangerous bill and are proud to say it was shot down with a 59% majority no vote. Womxn and those seeking abortion access will continue to do so freely and safely throughout the state.
Proposition 118, which allows for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave passed with a 57% of the vote. This shows that Coloradans trust in our democracy and our voting system to get things done. Paid leave should not be a privilege – it’s a right. Now Colorado law reflects that.
We were excited to see progressive candidates win across the state this year. Senator Cory Gardner was unseated by former democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, showing that Coloradans want new leaders who will co-govern govern us all.
Statewide progressives picked up at least an extra seat in the Senate with Chris Kolker’s victory and hopefully Paula Dickerson! We retained strong control of the House of Representatives with especially key victories for Rep. Daneya Esgar and community activist Iman Jodeh, who is now the first Muslim lawmaker in the state’s history.
See below for our endorsed candidate victories:
|Ilana Spiegel||Colorado Regent|
|Susan Lontine||House District 1|
|Alec Garnett||House District 2|
|Meg Froelich||House District 3|
|Alex Valdez||House District 5|
|Steven Woodrow||House District 6|
|Emily Sirota||House District 9|
|Karen McCormick||House District 11|
|Tracey Bernett||House District 12|
|Judy Amabile||House District 13|
|Tony Exum||House District 17|
|Marc Snyder||House District 18|
|Chris Kennedy||House District 23|
|Monica Duran||House District 24|
|Lisa Cutter||House District 25|
|Dylan Roberts||House District 26|
|Brianna Titone||House District 27|
|Kerry Tipper||House District 28|
|Lindsey Daugherty||House District 29|
|Dafna Michaelson Jenet||House District 30|
|Yadira Caraveo||House District 31|
|Adrienne Benavidez||House District 32|
|Matt Gray||House District 33|
|Kyle Mullica||House District 34|
|Shannon Bird||House District 35|
|Mike Weissman||House District 36|
|David Ortiz||House District 38|
|Naquetta Ricks||House District 40|
|Iman Jodeh||House District 41|
|Dominique Jackson||House District 42|
|Daneya Esgar||House District 46|
|Mary Young||House District 50|
|Cathy Kipp||House District 52|
|Jeni Ardnt||House District 53|
|Barbara McLachlan||House District 59|
|Julie McCluskie||House District 61|
|Joann Ginal||Senate District 14|
|Sonya Jaquez Lewis||Senate District 17|
|Steve Fenberg||Senate District 18|
|Rachel Zenzinger||Senate District 19|
|Dominick Moreno||Senate District 21|
|Jeff Bridges||Senate District 26|
|Chris Kolker||Senate District 27|
|Janet Buckner||Senate District 28|
|Rhonda Fields||Senate District 29|
|Chris Hansen||Senate District 31|
|James Coleman||Senate District 33|
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