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Biden Inauguration 2021

As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 47th President of the United States of America, Colorado WINS released the following statement:

From the primaries to inauguration day, Colorado WINS members united to put the demands of working people front and center. We held member town halls to question candidates, endorsed people who would fight for working people like us, made thousands of calls, send tens of thousands of texts — all during a pandemic. Our hard work lifted the needs of essential workers into the spotlight and helped elect Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President. 

We finally have an administration that will work for us — fighting for $15 min wage, #unionsforall, racial justice & for an end to COVID. Together we can make the way for a new Colorado, one with robust public services that keep our air and water clean, our roads safe and clear, and our communities safe and healthy. 

Let’s celebrate the new chapter of our history and gear up to hold the new administration accountable. We are ready to make sure this administration will prioritize and invest in us and make it easier for all Americans to join unions.

 

 

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.

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Colorado WINS Responds to Attacks in DC, Colorado

We fiercely oppose the violence and attempt to overthrow democracy happening in our nation’s capital today. What we’re seeing is an attack on our country, on our people, brought on by a president who refuses to accept that millions of us turned out to stand with and for each other and a different path forward for our country

We condemn violent attempts to overturn the results of a free and fair election. Here in Colorado we know that democracy makes the way for a state we can all thrive in.

The spectacle in DC and in our own Colorado cities is in direct opposition to the values we all hold dear as Americans: democracy, justice, and freedom for all no matter the color of our skin or the money in our pocket. Even here in our state, protests threatened state employees. The actions today reflect a misinformed mob that seeks to undermine our fight for equity.  We are grateful no one was hurt in our state.

There is nothing patriotic about overthrowing a democratic process. This is what terrorism looks like: an angry armed mob of Trump supporters inside of our Capitol, threatening our government, including the very leaders complicit in this attack. As proud members of the labor movement we will not stand for this attack against our democracy that we have fought so hard to achieve. 

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Colorado WINS Executive Director Hilary Glasgow Responds to Community Leader Doxing State Employees

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. ” 

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Year-End COVID Bill Fails to Invest in the Essential Workers and Services Needed to Keep Families Afloat Amidst Pandemic, Leaves Communities Back Home Out in the Cold

Year-End COVID Bill Fails to Invest in the Essential Workers and Services Needed to Keep Families Afloat Amidst Pandemic, Leaves Communities Back Home Out in the Cold

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.”

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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.

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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.

In solidarity,

Gov. Jared Polis & Hilary Glasgow

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“Colorado WINS Members Unanimously Ratify Contract Priorities”

In 2 virtual meetings during December, Colorado WINS members gathered virtually to vote on our contract priorities for the 2021 Contract Negotiations. After a review of the bargaining survey results, state employees voted on their contract priorities for their first union contract. Together they decided to prioritize:

 

  1. Close the Gap with Fair Pay Steps and Raises: Close the 16.4% compensation gap between state employees and market compensation for our jobs. Across the Board this fiscal year.
  2. Fair Treatment in the Workplace: End favoritism, discrimination and old boy network; establish fair rules for job posting and the awarding of posted positions, just cause for discipline and discharge, fair working conditions like schedules, overtime, health and safety.
  3. Improve Benefits: Improve and control costs for medical coverage, retirement; secure more paid leave time, fair rules for use of benefits.
  4. Fill Vacancies for Safe Staffing: Attract and retain staff to fill the 20% statewide average of vacant jobs with market rate pay, benefits and a streamlined hiring process.
  5. Ensure Health and Safety: Protect our coworkers and those we serve.

We will also fight for an across-the-board raise this year while we fight for sustainable pay for all state employees in our first contract. State employees also discussed how to mobilize and engage with their coworkers to win a strong union contract and what the ongoing Contract Campaign will look like.
The next open meetings will begin in January – in the meantime members are encouraged to get involved on the Contract Action Team or the Bargaining Team.

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2020 Legislative Tea

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 CDPHE 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 CDPHE 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.

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