Paid Sick Leave and tax breaks for the top 1% are on November’s ballot

Mail-in ballots started landing in mailboxes across Colorado last week. While the media has focused on the General and Senate elections, a few lesser known measures could mean big changes for Colorado. Proposition 116 seeks to reduce Colorado’s income tax from a flat 4.63% to 4.55%. As a result, Colorado’s tax revenue would shrink by … Continued

CO Secretary of State sues USPS to halt misinformation

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order requested by the Colorado Secretary of State against the United States Postal Service for distributing mailers with incorrect voting information. Secretary of State Jena Griswold filed suit on September 12th after receiving an official USPS mailer that instructs voters to request absentee or mail-in ballots. Unlike … Continued

June 2020 in Review

Colorado’s workers won big this past month. Not only did we see the passage of Paid Sick Leave, but the House gave final passage to the (Colorado Partnership For Quality Jobs and Services Act HB 1153) for union rights for state employees. As a result, 28,000 state employees will have a seat at the table … Continued

Coloradans Protest for #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd

Demonstrations protesting police brutality and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement continued Monday night for the fourth night straight. Protesters are demanding national policing reform and justice for people of color killed in police custody after a video of police in Minnesota killing George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was released last Tuesday. SEIU International … Continued

Workers Demand Action on Paid Sick Leave

Essential workers delivered letters to elected officials outlining the risks they have experienced while working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of SEIU Local 105 detail the risks and difficulties they have faced and how the lack of mandatory paid sick leave and whistleblower protections exacerbated the situation. Janitors, airport workers, and care workers are all … Continued

Democratic Senate Candidates Face off in Racial Justice Forum

Colorado’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary candidate discussed systemic racism in a forum on Saturday hosted by SEIU Local 105, Colorado People’s Action, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, and others. Former Governor John Hickenlooper and former Colorado House speaker Andrew Romanoff talked about their experience with addressing racial injustice.  The candidates were also asked about … Continued

Fight to Protect Public Workers Resumes in Legislature

The bill that would give Colorado state workers the right to collective bargaining will be heard in the State Senate be after Colorado lawmakers return from their Memorial Day vacations. The bill is supported by Governor Jared Polis and Colorado WINS, a union representing over 28,000 state employees in Colorado. It was expected to pass … Continued

Janitors Demand Fair Pay, Protection for Essential Work

Hundreds took to the streets on Tuesday to support essential workers protesting unsafe working conditions and inadequate pay. SEIU Local 105 janitors demand PPE, healthcare, and training in new cleaning equipment to protect both themselves and occupants of the buildings they clean. The protest followed social distancing protocols with participants either standing in a small … Continued

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Be Bold! CO Community Organizations and Rep. Monica Duran Call On Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper to Support President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan

Denver CO, — On Wednesday, July 28th a diverse coalition of Colorado’s advocacy organizations joined by Representative Monica Duran held a rally and press conference outside of Senator Hickenlooper’s office downtown, urging him and Senator Bennet to take immediate and bold action for Colorado’s families.  WHAT: Coalition Press Conference and Rally w/ State Rep. Monica … Continued

Colorado Senate Passes Bold Tax Reform

DENVER, CO – Today, the Senate passed a pair of bills working to reform our tax code by supporting families and local businesses; investing more in education, public health, and other basic state services; and closing regressive special interest tax loopholes. The bills, both sponsored by Senators Dominick Moreno & Chris Hansen, seek to build on … Continued

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