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

Working People’s Platform Candidates Win Big in Denver Elections

Thirteen Working People’s Platform-backed candidates won seats in Denver Municipal elections. These candidates pledged to support policy that uplifts workers in Denver by improving wages, supporting union jobs, and affordable healthcare. The victories were not only a win for Denver’s workers, but were historic as well. Newly elected Councilwoman Candi Cdebaca (District 9) became the … Continued

Denver Airport Workers Win Living Wage

Workers at Denver International Airport declared victory after Denver City Mayor Michael Hancock and City Council unanimously passed a minimum wage increase. The successful campaign by SEIU Local 105 and UNITE HERE resulted in a plan to raise Denver’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Trump Economy in One Chart

Trump’s economic agenda has been relentlessly aimed at helping big corporations, the wealthy, and Trump himself at the expense of the rest of us and it’s succeeding wildly. New numbers show that for Americans, real wages are stagnant and even declining because consumer prices (costs for everyday spending) are rising. Americans are losing purchasing power: … Continued

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Denver Janitors at Kaiser Clinics to Hold Informational Picket

Denver, CO – WEDNESDAY, March 24th at 10:30 AM, Service Employees International Union Local 105 members representing over a hundred janitors who clean and sanitize Kaiser Permanente clinics and facilities will be holding an informational picket demanding fair wages and respect from their contractor Commercial Cleaning Services (CCS).   Janitors across the country have been on … Continued

Colorado Service Workers Rally at Hickenlooper’s Office

Local janitors, healthcare, airport, and Colorado state employees will be demonstrating at Senator Hickenlooper’s office to demand he publicly support the American Recovery Act and the Raise the Wage Act for a $15/hr minimum wage, a desperately needed change that would raise wages for nearly 500,000 Colorado workers through the pandemic and beyond.  A federal … Continued