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**Department of Corrections Officers and Staff to Hold Rally to Demand Safer Working Conditions During National Law Enforcement Month**

May 10, 2022

*Colorado DOC Employees to Highlight Need to Address Staffing Shortages*

**Department of Corrections Officers and Staff to Hold Rally to Demand Safer Working Conditions During National Law Enforcement Month**

Colorado WINS Supports Safe Access to Abortions

May 5, 2022

The decision of when and if to become a parent is one of the most important many of us will make in our lives. It impacts our ability to pay our bills, continue our education or career, and even take care of ourselves and our families. All of us–no matter where we live, what we look like, or what we do–deserve to be able to make the healthcare choices for ourselves and our families based on accurate, unbiased information, and access to healthcare that fits ours and our families’ needs.

Colorado WINS Supports Safe Access to Abortions

**Governor Signs Bill to Make Juneteenth a State Holiday**

May 3, 2022

 *Legislation Comes After State Employee Union Colorado WINS Negotiated Recognition of the Holiday in First Contract with State*

**Governor Signs Bill to Make Juneteenth a State Holiday**

**Toomey, Bennet Introduce Update to Federal Law to Help Retired State and Local Corrections Officers**

April 21, 2022

Today, Senators Toomey and Bennet introduced the State and Local Corrections Officer Retirement Fairness Act of 2022 to require the federal tax code to treat state and local corrections officers the same as their federal counterparts by providing an exemption from a federal tax penalty imposed on early withdrawals from qualified retirement accounts.

**Toomey, Bennet Introduce Update to Federal Law to Help Retired State and Local Corrections Officers**

DOC Solidarity

March 18, 2022

Our DOC Bargaining team needs your support

DOC Solidarity

Solidarity with Ukraine

March 16, 2022

We’ve all watched in horror as Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has played out over the last two weeks. Not only has Russia’s attack on Ukraine created needless suffering and death, but it’s also a blatant attempt to overthrow an independent democracy.

Solidarity with Ukraine

April Members Summit

March 7, 2022

Join us at the Denver Tech Center Marriott for a Member Summit!

April Members Summit

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