working people’s platform

The Working People’s Platform is a project of SEIU Colorado, a union of over 12,000 Coloradans working in healthcare, airports, building services, and state agencies. SEIU, community members and community advocates created a set of priorities based on our values and the challenges facing working people across Colorado.

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A Union Voice for All

We demand policies that allow all working people the freedom to form a union without employer interference. We stand with and fight for all working people across all sectors when they organize a union.

Affordable & Quality Healthcare

We need a system of guaranteed healthcare that prioritizes the well being of working people over profits, and ensures people have bodily autonomy, the right to have children, or not. We fight to protect the Affordable Care Act, and support policies that make quality healthcare more affordable and accessible.

Racial & Immigration Justice

We’ll fight for inclusive policies that address long standing economic barriers faced by people of color, repair historic harms, and end systemic racism. We’ll support hardworking immigrants who are contributing to our economy, by supporting policies that empower the immigrant community and keep families together.

Higher Wages

Working families are the engines of the economy and will drive the recovery. We’ll fight for higher minimum wages with no exceptions as well as other policies to raise wages including sectoral bargaining rights.

A Clean Environment

For all of us to thrive, the planet must thrive. We demand a truly just transition to an economy where working families and our environment thrive in tandem, with clean energy powered by good union jobs, and adequate support for displaced workers and impacted communities.

Fair Taxes for Vital Public Services

To build an economy that works for everyone, we need to increase public investments in education and other vital services and infrastructure. But right now, Wall Street and big corporations are swelling their profits by rigging the tax system. We’ll fight for policies that require the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share in taxes.

Gender & Sexuality Justice

We value justice and equity for all working people regardless of their identities. We will fight for policies to ensure that people of all genders and sexualities can participate in their workplace with dignity, free from harassment and violence.

Affordable Housing

Working families must be able to afford their housing in safe, thriving communities, without the fear of being forced to move because of soaring rents and housing prices. We’ll fight for policies at all levels of government that address the rising cost of housing by raising wages, stabilizing costs and addressing systemic inequities.

The Union Difference

We demand a Colorado where our economy and democracy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few!

No matter what we look like, where we live, who we love or what’s in our wallets, we understand that we’re all in this together. We have seen the risks working people continue to take in order to care for us and keep us safe, housed, fed, educated, and able to work

The opportunity to join a union — no matter where we work — is the best way to raise wages, ensure safe working conditions, create family-sustaining jobs, and begin to fix the rigged economy. When we have good union jobs, our economy and democracy are stronger and our communities thrive.

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