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Media Roundup: Catch up on COWINS in the news!

November 30, 2021

On November 18th Colorado state employees celebrated the momentous raises they won this year for tens of thousands of Colorado’s underpaid essential workers. State employees and Governor Polis signed their ground-breaking first contract today, which state employees voted overwhelmingly to ratify with a 99% vote yes.

Media Roundup: Catch up on COWINS in the news!

State of Reform: Colorado celebrates plan to raise minimum wage for Colorado’s direct care workers to $15/hour & Governor, COWINS sign first partnership agreement

November 22, 2021

State employees and homecare providers won these raises against the backdrop of the most significant change the United States has seen in jobs and the labor market in decades.

State of Reform: Colorado celebrates plan to raise minimum wage for Colorado’s direct care workers to $15/hour & Governor, COWINS sign first partnership agreement

CPR: Colorado raises hourly minimum wage to $15 for state workers to help fill vacancies

November 21, 2021

In order to keep state employees in the jobs they love, WINS members negotiated for wages and benefits that allow employees to provide for their families while serving their communities including annual wage increases, a $15 minimum wage for all state jobs, funding to prevent increases in health care costs and a strong policy to combat discrimination and promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

CPR: Colorado raises hourly minimum wage to $15 for state workers to help fill vacancies

Colorado Sun: Colorado State Workers to Get Pay Raises Three Years

November 20, 2021

After securing a provisional agreement with the state earlier in the fall, thousands of public service workers across the state voted to ratify the contract, by a near-unanimous vote.

Colorado Sun: Colorado State Workers to Get Pay Raises Three Years

Denver Post: Colorado governor, state union agree to raises for more than 30,000 employees under first-of-its-kind labor agreement

November 19, 2021

Today, standing alongside Governor Polis, members of Colorado WINS, the union of Colorado state employees, and Colorado Care Workers Unite celebrated the momentous raises they won this year for tens of thousands of Colorado’s underpaid essential workers.

Denver Post: Colorado governor, state union agree to raises for more than 30,000 employees under first-of-its-kind labor agreement

KKTV: Gov. Polis announces plan to raise minimum wage for state direct care workers in Colorado

November 18, 2021

Happening now! State employees and homecare providers, together in their unions, stood up in the midst of the crisis to demand change for their families, their jobs and other essential workers.

KKTV: Gov. Polis announces plan to raise minimum wage for state direct care workers in Colorado

#ReimagineKenosha

November 16, 2021

From Kenosha to Colorado, we believe that we should all have the freedom to express our beliefs without fearing for ourselves or our loved ones. We would like to voice our support for our neighbors in Wisconsin as they mourn the verdict in the trial of vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse.

#ReimagineKenosha

Pensions Like PERA Allow Us to Retire With Dignity

October 8, 2021

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.

Pensions Like PERA Allow Us to Retire With Dignity

WINS Members set direction of our union for the next 3 years

October 6, 2021

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.

WINS Members set direction of our union for the next 3 years

State Employees Celebrate Historic First Contract Agreement with State of Colorado Addressing Low Pay and Understaffing that Hurts Communities

September 29, 2021

Historic Contract is Second Major Win for Colorado’s Essential Workers in Less Than Two Weeks Following $15 Minimum Wage for Homecare Providers

State Employees Celebrate Historic First Contract Agreement with State of Colorado Addressing Low Pay and Understaffing that Hurts Communities

Workers Come Together and Demand that Colorado "Step It Up"

September 15, 2021

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.

Workers Come Together and Demand that Colorado "Step It Up"

State Essential Workers to Demand Living Wages, Safe Working Conditions at Denver Rally

September 9, 2021

State Essential Workers to Demand Living Wages, Safe Working Conditions at Denver Rally

State Essential Workers to Demand Living Wages, Safe Working Conditions at Denver Rally

This Labor Day, Let’s Remember the State Employees Fighting for Better Public Services

September 6, 2021

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.

This Labor Day, Let’s Remember the State Employees Fighting for Better Public Services

Investing in State Services Means Protecting Coloradans in Crisis

August 6, 2021

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.

Investing in State Services Means Protecting Coloradans in Crisis

WINS Members Welcome Legislators at Fitzsimons Veterans Living Community

August 5, 2021

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.

WINS Members Welcome Legislators at Fitzsimons Veterans Living Community

American Rescue Plan Provides Relief to Help CO Recover

July 1, 2021

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.

American Rescue Plan Provides Relief to Help CO Recover

Colorado WINS Celebrates Juneteenth, Negotiates for State Holiday for State Employees

June 18, 2021

Colorado WINS Celebrates Juneteenth, Negotiating for State Holiday for State Employees

Colorado WINS Celebrates Juneteenth, Negotiates for State Holiday for State Employees

Decades of Underfunding Leaves DOLA Unprepared for COVID Crisis

June 11, 2021

Decades of Underfunding Leaves DOLA Unprepared for COVID Crisis

Decades of Underfunding Leaves DOLA Unprepared for COVID Crisis