State employees came together through our union, Colorado WINS, to win improvements at work that let us do our jobs even better, and provide robust public services to Coloradans in every corner of our state.
Denver, CO – Today, Governor Jared Polis, bill sponsors, the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, and advocates held a press conference to highlight and celebrate the introduction of [SB22-139](https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb22-139), legislation recognizing Juneteenth as the eleventh state holiday in Colorado. The bill is sponsored by Sen. James Coleman and Janet Buckner, and Rep. Leslie Herod, and was introduced in the Senate on February 24.
In October of 2021, the Department of Education announced a major change to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), providing a temporary overhaul to a program that has long been insufficient for public-service workers struggling with student debt.
Today for #MLKDay we’re continuing the fight for racial justice through our union. Dr. King believed the same things we do as Coloradans: that all of us, Black, white, and Brown, should be able to make a decent living and save for the future, do our best in our job, and give our kids a great start in life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.