“When we talk about state employees putting their lives on the line, we are not being hypothetical. This is the extreme extent of the daily dangers that many state employees face in order to provide services that protect the public. We must do everything in our power to support the workers who risk their lives to provide these crucial services,” said Hilary Glasgow, Executive Director of Colorado WINS.
As 13,000 auto workers from the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike to demand fair wages amid strong company profits and astronomical pay for executives, Colorado WINS, the state employee union representing more than 24,000 Colorado employees, released a statement of support.
Colorado WINS members met with CDOC Executive Director Stancil about the state of facility living conditions, and he committed to address the situation. Since then, shakedowns have stopped, privacy and maintenance has improved, and an investigation is underway by the Office of Inspector General.
From Hilary Glasgow, COWINS Exec. Dir.: “I think there’s a lot of hope that things are going to be addressed and improved,” Glasgow said. “I think that there’s also, there’s always a fear that whatever they say is going to get used against them. There’s that sort of fear that always exists.”
CDOC has been recruiting staff from Puerto Rico to fill high vacancies - while this program is an admirable effort to make facilities safer, its execution is problematic. Puerto Rican staff are continuously being disrespected and discriminated against in BVCC, and this needs to change for the well-being of both staff and inmates.
We stand with our parent unions SEIU and AFT against attempts to hinder the work of creating equity in higher education. CO has been swift to protect rights when SCOTUS doesn't, thanks to the efforts of working people. Let's keep that precedent going.
COWINS members have been responding to a recent staffing plan at The Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo (CMHHIP). This plan changes shifts, job assignments and days off for hundreds of employees.