One perk of our job as state employees is our pension plan with the Public Employee Retirement Association. Pensions offer secure benefits that let employees retire with dignity and live healthy full lives after we finish our professional careers.
On Saturday September 25th, Colorado WINS members came together for our 2021 Member Convention. Together we celebrated our progress over the last three years, elected officers, and set the direction for our union.
State employees have come together to improve wages — which are 16% lower than their peers outside of state government — and understaffing, which puts many employees at risk and makes it difficult to provide the services Coloradans need.
For centuries, workers and unions around the world have fought to make life better for working families. This holiday weekend we celebrate that fight and honor those who paved the way for safer, more fair working conditions. But the work is not done.
Recently, the story about state employee and COWINS member Stephanie Maney ran in the Colorado Sun. Jude Mattoon and Evelyn Hutt write about why we need to invest in public services to avoid crises like the one Stephanie experienced.
On August 4th Colorado WINS members at Fitzsimons Veterans Home welcomed Representative Dafna Michealson-Jenet and Senator Rhonda Fields’ Legislative Aide, Jeremiah Ntepp to a meet and greet to discuss their experiences with the chronic underfunding of state services and the impact of the global COVID pandemic on their work.
For over a year state employees have been fighting the coronavirus and providing the critical services we need to get past this global health crisis. Debi Macias, a Health Care Technician at the Pueblo Regional Center, shares what it’s been like working through the COVID pandemic and how disinvesting in public services has impacted her work serving Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens.
State employees have been making sure our communities continue to operate through unexpected crises, like the COVID pandemic, and make sure Colorado families get what they need -- including a safe and warm place to sleep at night. But the truth is, our response to the pandemic was complicated by the fact that years of budget cuts thinned staff and hampered planning.