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Colorado WINS Members Make the Way for a New State Holiday!

March 4, 2022

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.

Colorado WINS Members Make the Way for a New State Holiday!

Colorado Democrats Introduce Bill to Make Juneteenth a New State Legal Holiday

March 2, 2022

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.

Colorado Democrats Introduce Bill to Make Juneteenth a New State Legal Holiday

Governor Polis Signs HB 1196 into Law to Close Pay Equity Gaps for State Employees, Workers of Color

March 2, 2022

*Bill Will Fund Research to Study Pay Inequities in State Departments*

Governor Polis Signs HB 1196 into Law to Close Pay Equity Gaps for State Employees, Workers of Color

DOC Bargaining Update

February 23, 2022

Read about our first bargaining session with Dept. of Corrections

DOC Bargaining Update

Sharing Our Union Love on Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2022

This year for Valentine’s Day Colorado WINS members celebrated why they love their jobs, and how our union Colorado WINS makes their work even better.

Sharing Our Union Love on Valentine's Day!

Are you a public employee with student debt? Loan cancellation may be available!

January 24, 2022

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.

Are you a public employee with student debt? Loan cancellation may be available!

Fully fund state's public worker retirement coffer

January 20, 2022

This week Rep. Shannon Byrd about why the legislature needs to pass the PERA payback bill, HB22-1029.

Fully fund state's public worker retirement coffer

Honoring Dr. King's Legacy in our union work

January 17, 2022

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.

Honoring Dr. King's Legacy in our union work

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