Governor Hickenlooper signs the Keep Jobs in Colorado Act
On Friday, March 24th Governor Hickenlooper signed the Keep Jobs in Colorado Act - HB 1292 at the United Steelworkers Hall in Pueblo, Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper was joined by state and local elected officials, union leaders, and community members.
The "Keep Jobs in Colorado Act" includes several provisions aimed at increasing state economic growth while limiting outsourcing on out of state contracts. Along with outsourcing reform, the bill looks to create transparency in manufacturing purchases, improve interstate bid competition and simplify enforcement of Colorado's 80 percent hiring rule.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ domestic policy committee, wrote the following Op-Ed, which appeared in the Sacramento Bee last week. Unions and Catholic leaders have long found common cause in advocating for policies that defend the dignity of workers and protect immigrant families. Over the past several years, we have worked together to win congressional approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Although such legislation has passed the U.S. Senate in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives is now delaying consideration of either the Senate bill or its own version of reform. Read more >>>
As we reflect on the actions all over the country by Walmart associates on Black Friday and consider the fact that people are working harder than ever and are still losing economic ground, we're reminded that the federal minimum wage is not enough. In a joint Op-Ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and National Employment Law Project Executive Director Christine Owens remind us that in the past 15 years, all wage increases have gone to the wealthiest 10%. Read more >>>
Living United in the Big O
An Omaha, Neb., nonprofit community engagement center that provides emergency and preventive services for local poor children and adults had a dream. The group, called inCOMMON Community Development, wanted a location in Omaha’s Park Avenue neighborhood, where nearly half the children live in poverty—and found a building that could be an ideal community resource center. But the place was old and dilapidated and needed a lot of TLC. Read more>>
Three Bed, Two Bath, Closing Costs Included
When Ben Hankins was looking to sell his house in St. Louis and find a new-construction home in the city, he wanted more out of the experience than an economic transaction. He did his research and found McBride and Son Homes, an employee-owned company that gives back to the community and builds its homes while building good jobs for skilled local union workers. Read more>>
Twenty-four women from the Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) Air Transport Division took a break from their three-day conference in Fort Worth, Texas, to build a home with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that allows deserving families to build a home alongside volunteers. Read more >>>
Denver—Yesterday, the Keep Jobs in Colorado Act was passed by the General Assembly and is now headed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk. Recently the AFL-CIO released a video of the "Harlem Shake" dance in the capitol rotunda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJA5WqXriJI??
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Harlem Shake - Colorado AFL-CIO Style
On Monday, April 8th the Colorado AFL-CIO released this video to coincide with the Keep Jobs in Colorado Act - House Bill 1292. This bill promotes local hiring, domestic manufacturing, expansion of "best value" employment metrics and procurement reforms that curb taxpayer-funded outsourcing of jobs overseas.
POLL FINDS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR COLORADO FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
DENVER- Results from a statewide survey released today by Myers Research reveals strong voter support (86%) for ensuring collective bargaining rights for Colorado fire fighters. (See attached memo.) The timely results of this survey are arriving just as a firefighter collective bargaining bill, Senate Bill 13-025, passed the Senate on Tuesday, February 6, 2013, and moves to the House.
“This survey demonstrates overwhelming support for fire fighters and to ensure that we have a seat at the table to negotiate as a group,” said Mike Rogers, President of the Colorado chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters. “86% of voters supporting collective bargaining rights for firefighters sends a strong message to our elected officials at all level about the priorities of voters.”
The survey of over 600 voters in Colorado in late January has a margin of error of +/- 4.0. (See attached memo.) Respondents were asked the question:
The bill would ensure firefighters a voice in community discussions of resources and compensation. Several fire departments already collectively bargain in Denver and Aurora. These current collective bargaining entities allow fire fighters and their employers to discuss daily service delivery, wild land operations, and acquisition of necessary first responder equipment.
“The Colorado Professional Fire Fighters represent 3,800 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in the state. More information is available at www.cpff.org.
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