This is hardly news to Correctional Officers, but the occupational stress of working in prisons reduces life expectancy, increases heart disease, and manifests itself in higher rates of alcoholism and divorce rates.
Below you’ll find links and excerpts of articles detailing the consequences of job stress in Correctional Officers. (more…)
Public-employee unions were stung by the U.S. Supreme Court decision this week barring them from collecting dues from non-member workers, but it was not unexpected, according to Hilary Glasgow, executive director of the Colorado WINS union for state employees.
“We’ve seen (this decision) coming for a long time,” Glasgow told a small Pueblo audience of both public union employees and local candidates for office. “But we’re not giving up. Where unions are strong, everyone benefits from higher pay and benefits.” (more…)
Gov. John Hickenlooper pushed for switch to biweekly lag pay without first getting approval from Colorado lawmakers
A significant shift to the payroll schedule for 27,000 state employees will no longer take place in July as expected, after the move failed to win approval from Colorado lawmakers.
The botched debut may cost the state as much as $5 million and represents yet another budget-busting delay for the implementation of a troubled $41.6 million human resources software system. (more…)
Have you ever thought about how many people in your town work for the state of Colorado? I am one of them. When I hear that an individual just obtained a state job my reply is, “Good for him, that is a job he can retire from.”
I am an employee at the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Home Lake, one of the many state facilities here in the San Luis Valley. As state employees we are fortunate to be part of a benefit program that is defined and maintained by PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association). Other State of Colorado employees of the San Luis Valley that are enrolled in a PERA benefit plan include: Colorado State Patrol, Adams State University, and Trinidad State College. I found that if I look in the phone book of Alamosa and the surrounding communities there are three rows of listings under Colorado State Government with many entities from the Department of Agriculture, to the Division of Wildlife. Just think, each town in Colorado has its own state and government businesses. The facility I work for alone employs over 80 individuals. As you can figure, the scope of the number of people that are PERA members, recipients, and inactive members is enormous. (more…)
This Labor Day, I am grateful for my job at the Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake, which provides me with good benefits. I make a living wage and have paid days off to spend time with my loved ones. But I, like many other state employees who work in 24/7 facilities, will be working on Labor Day.
Fortunately for me, I only need one job to make ends meet, but for too many working people that simply isn’t the case.
Many Coloradans will spend this Labor Day working a second or third job, desperately trying to make enough money to pay rent and afford groceries. They are forced to rely on minimum wage jobs that do not cover the most basic of living expenses. Instead of spending time with their families on Sundays and holidays, they are working to pay the bills. (more…)
Colorado WINS has long advocated for the state disengaging from the private prison industry. It’s a morally indefensible industry and we shouldn’t use tax dollars to prop up parasitic business models.
These rural communities were sold a bill of goods: the prisons provide minimal jobs, with very low pay and dangerous working conditions. Hopefully some of the money saved from paying CCA is reinvested in real economic development for rural Colorado.
The Auraria Higher Education Center, the group overseeing the universities housed on Denver’s Auraria Campus, discriminated against Latino janitors based on their national origin, according to a decision from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
[…] In total, 12 employees wrote letters to the EEOC alleging the workplace had English-only policies, a violation of federal equal opportunity law, among other charges. (more…)
A controversial overhaul of procedures used to hire and fire state employees in Wisconsin is set to take place this July.
The changes will go into effect under Wisconsin’s Act 150, which Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed in February. Among other policy modifications, the law will shift hiring away from civil service exams, toward a system based on applicants’ resumes, and will base layoffs primarily on performance, lessening the influence of seniority over whether a person keeps their job.
Proponents say the changes will speed up hiring and make it easier for agencies to cull poor performers and bad apples from their ranks. Critics argue the new law opens the door for political patronage and other forms of favoritism to sway who gets state jobs. And some say it makes it easier for supervisors in Wisconsin agencies to arbitrarily punish employees. (more…)