For Immediate Release
November 9, 2020
Contact: Olga Robak
Pueblo, CO – As election results from Colorado and across the country begin to be finalized, Colorado WINS Executive Director Hilary Glasgow issued the following statement:
“State employees are essential workers of every race and background who live in all 64 counties of our state. They keep our roads clear, our air and water clean, and ensure people can access the critical services the state provides. Their votes are as essential as the work they do and the people of Colorado have decided: they chose Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to bring us together and lead us out of the divisive, dark days of the Trump administration. This election shows that Coloradans can come together, across our differences, and elect leaders who will act in our interest and ensure the will of the people is the law of the land.
Although the outcome in our state seems clear, the election results are still being certified and we know that our democracy works only if we allow the time needed to count all the votes, without rushing to a quick and convenient election result. Coloradans have a rich history as voters and have always had confidence in our elections, because our system is non-partisan and works for everyone — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We are grateful that our state has a safe, fair, and transparent election process that ensures every Coloradan who casts a ballot has their vote counted.
Coloradans used the ballot box to tell our elected leaders that we need to invest in the essential services and policies we need to create a Colorado that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few. Together, state employees called and texted over 120,000 voters in Colorado and spoke with 30,000 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 candidates who care about working people got elected.
By electing John Hickenlooper to the Senate, Coloradans spoke up about their need for a new COVID relief package that gives relief to the states and helps everyday Americans instead of corporations. And with the passage of Proposition 118, they also made clear that all working people need paid leave to care for themselves or family members because Coloradans must be able to put their families first.
These victories are important, but our work is not over. We will continue to mobilize and demand that our newly elected leaders take bold action to address the unprecedented crisis we are facing. No one is more concerned about preparedness and quality services than the public employees who are putting themselves at risk to serve our communities. But public employees’ response to the pandemic has been complicated by the fact that years of budget cuts have thinned staff and hampered planning.
In wake of COVID-19, the need for public services is way up, but funding is significantly down. The tragic events of this year have put essential services front and center in the lives of Coloradans, but the truth is we depended upon them long before the pandemic struck and will continue to need them after.
To create a state where Colorado families can thrive in the future, we need to make critical public services sustainable in the long run. That means our elected leaders must stand up for our communities instead of caving to corporate lobbyists. That means corporations and the wealthy must pay their fair share for public services instead of starving them by asking for corporate bailouts and tax cuts, as they have for the last several decades. Together, Coloradans need to demand immediate federal relief to ensure our state can get through the next few months, as well as long-term federal investments that support state and local services for the future.
If we come together, as we have in the past, we can overcome the coronavirus and address our country’s legacy of slavery, which has left deep cracks and divides in our system. Together, we have the opportunity to build the country our children and grandchildren need–one that births new ideas and solves big problems. One that leads with hope, not fear and brings all of us to the table to create even better, stronger communities. We can do that when we have the healthcare we need, when we have the best education because we’ve invested in it, and when all of our neighborhoods have the services to be safe and thriving. We can do that when we have a say at work and in our democracy. Without that, the best we can do is tread water.
People can create things that have never been imagined–better jobs, new technology and services–and answer our country’s call when we create a government for all of us, one that protects all workers and ensures all families are healthy, safe, and secure — no matter our race, our immigration status, our job, or where we live.
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|
It’s a weird time Colorado WINS! Many of us work remotely and all of our meetings are virtual for now. If you want to show your union pride on a Zoom meeting, feel free to download one of our backgrounds to use here:
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For Immediate Release
November 2, 2020
Contact: Olga Robak
Pueblo, CO – In response to the Governor’s budget proposal for FY 2020/21, Colorado WINS Executive Director Hilary Glasgow issued the following statement:
“The economic downturn caused by the pandemic is hurting working people across Colorado and state employees are no different. Working behind the scenes, state employees have kept Colorado running through these crises. The pandemic has put these essential services front and center in the lives of Coloradans, but the truth is we depended upon them long before the pandemic struck and will continue to need them after.
But public employees’ response to the pandemic has been complicated by the fact that years of budget cuts have thinned staff, depleted critical equipment, created unsafe working conditions and hampered planning. Years of cuts have also caused state employee wages and benefits to fall behind, resulting in growing turnover and vacancies. Now, the need for public services is way up, but funding is significantly down. For our families and our economy to recover from this pandemic, we need to invest in public services and create good, union jobs to support those services.
For more than a decade, Colorado’s state budget has been strained by the limits of TABOR and ongoing cuts to public services, leading state employee wages to be, on average, 16.4 percent behind that of private sector workers. This has led to chronic understaffing, with more than one in five state positions vacant, even before the pandemic. The tension between increased needs created by the pandemic and Colorado’s long-standing underfunding of essential services has made it impossible to ignore the fact that right now we are ill-equipped to meet Coloradans’ needs. We must increase investment in essential services to meet communities’ needs in Colorado.
To that end, this year Colorado WINS members will focus on improving the quality of and access to state services by filling job vacancies and ensuring state employee wages and benefits are brought back in line with the market. Colorado residents are hurting gravely during the pandemic and the way to get out of this crisis is to ensure state services are available to all who need them. That means investing in creating good union jobs, so that the state can recruit more people into public service, state employees can continue to do the work they love, support their families, and provide the high quality services Coloradans depend on.
Colorado WINS members are looking forward to working with the Governor and individual departments to protect state services and ensure we are filling the vacancies that are leaving Coloradans who depend on state services vulnerable. We know what our state’s communities need better than anyone, because we serve them every day. State employees finally have a seat at the table to improve the services we provide in a lasting way–at a critical time as our state faces multiple crises.
No one is more concerned about preparedness and quality services than the public employees who are putting themselves at risk to serve our communities. To create a state where Colorado families can thrive in the future we need to make critical public services sustainable in the long run. That means corporations and the wealthy must pay their fair share for public services instead of starving them by asking for corporate bailouts and tax cuts, as they have for the last several decades. That means we need to work together to demand immediate federal relief to get through the next few months and long-term federal investments that support state and local services for the future. 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 — and we must work together to invest in public services.”
Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions (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. Learn more at WeMakeColoradoRun.org
We hosted a digital postcard party reminding members to check their registration and get ready to VOTE! That action resulted in 50 members writing to 2060 members about voting in this year’s election. Our beautiful card design can be modified to use post-election as well!
AFT Rally with Randi
On October 3rd we turned out members to an AFT/AFL Colorado Event where AFT’s National President Randi Weingarten and Vice President Evelyn DeJesus rallied us to a lit drop for Labor Candidates.
We sent out a questionnaire to every candidate running for office in Colorado to understand their positions on issues important to state employees, then hosted round-table with members and candidates to interview them on their responses. After this, members sent a recommendation to the executive board for endorsement. Our list of endorsed candidates received checks and COWINS publicly declared our support for 60 Labor Friendly Candidates. Check out our awesome Endorsement images here!
My Vote Is Essential
Colorado WINS did a lot of work around the national My Vote is Essential digital campaign. In total we submitted 8 worker videos to the International Campaign.
HCPF Member Cassie Geremaia spoke on a Walkout Wednesday and wrote a blog post titled Reward Workers Keeping America Going on the SEIU.org blog. Here is an excerpt from the post: “This election will depend on us, the same essential workers who’ve kept our nation running during this difficult time. It will depend on us to turn our country around.” Read more here.
She also helped rally national Public Division staff for a Colorado phone bank.
“… I need you to remember more than anything right now, you are essential. I know you’re not told this enough so I’m going to say it one more time – you are essential and your vote in this election is essential. My vote is essential too and it will be cast for Biden, and Colorado’s previous Democratic governor, Hickenlooper for senate, plus democrats in Colorado all the way down the page. We are the engine that will drive us out of this recession. Your vote is the great promise for a better future, so today let’s make some calls for Joe Biden and the democrats!”
COWINS member Rob Hernandez also shared that he is voting because we need elected leaders who will make America stronger. Watch his video here.
COWINS member Blair Ilsey spoke out on why her vote is essential:
“In the midst of a pandemic we find ourselves at a serious crossroads. #MyVoteIsEssential to help implement science-based policies to move us towards a happy, healthy, and prosperous future.”
Amanda White shared that “Voting is how we can bring positive changes to our community and achieve a better tomorrow” See her graphic here.
Christina Del Real encouraged her coworkers to “to vote for union endorsed candidates that will protect state jobs and services!” See her graphic here.
Brandi Axelsen authored an all member email that went out last week on Early Vote Day, to declare that her vote #MyVoteIsEssential.
“I mailed in my ballot last week and now, on early vote day, I’m doing everything I can to get my friends, families and even that neighbor who never says much to vote for our communities. DON’T LET ANYONE YOU KNOW SIT THIS ONE OUT. As a union member, I know that the best way to make change is when working people—white, Black, Asian or brown—come together and speak out for what is right. That’s why I’m voting for worker-friendly candidates up and down the ballot, starting with Joe Biden.
Check out this powerful graphic featuring Brandi as well.
We also did weekly emails for 6 weeks from Hilary to keep members informed about political volunteer opportunities and to help them stay abreast of how COWINS would be taking action each week.
On Oct. 1 we sent out 20479 emails and got 601 surveys. We sent out a 2nd round of emails that netted 476 surveys from the emails and 7 new members.
Colorado WINS hosted a Phone Bank Phrenzy on October 24th to help our priority candidates in rural districts reach voters. That day we had 23 volunteers complete 35 volunteer hours making 1471 attempts, 245 voter contacts.
For Halloween week we launched a series of Spooky Facts on social media that would drive people to the bargaining survey. Field staff also passed these out at October visibility events.
Purple Text on GOTV
Do you want to learn more about what Collective Bargaining means for your job? Curious about why our survey is so important? Looking for updates about how everything is going since we passed our bill? Jump on to one of our Collective Bargaining Information Sessions to get your questions answered:
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On October 17th at 11am we will be hosting an orientation for members who have recently joined the union. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP with this link:
Dear Brother and Sisters in Corrections,
When we convened our initial ZOOM discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on correctional staff thirteen officers had died as a result of contracting this disease. Since that time, we have suffered an additional 65 deaths bringing the total to 78 of our brothers and sisters in just eight months.
On October 19th we are hoping that you will be able to join us once again as we reconvene this important working group. We are gathering information and research to produce an after-action report. Attached is a DRAFT survey that we hope will assist us in formulating the report. The survey is a work in progress for which we are seeking your ideas, advice, and edits before we hope to circulate it nationwide.
We know how busy you are and how taxing this situation has become for all of us. In corrections that’s when we do our best work, when our backs are against the wall. That’s when we stand united to face whatever challenge is before us. One of those moments is now.
Please take a moment, review the attached and let us know your thoughts. If you can review this over the next few days and let us know of your willingness to reconvene and your availability on Monday October 19th from 1-3 PM to join us, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again, and one final note. The American Correctional Officer Intelligence Network has formed a formal alliance with One Voice and we have merged as One Voice United. This merger greatly increases our reach and our capabilities to best serve our profession. We have also launched a website at www.onevoiceunited.org and later today we will be announcing the dates and schedule for the 2020 Medal of Honor Awards and Conference. The event will be held next May in DC in conjunction with Law Enforcement Officers week and the candlelight vigil.
Thanks again for your support, we look forward to hearing from you soon and speaking with you on the 19th.
Be safe, be well