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Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>

[Denver, CO, July 21, 2016] Donald Trump is a fraud, and a foe of working families in America. Tonight he promised to bring back manufacturing jobs to America. However, his actions tell a different story. Throughout his career, his products have been manufactured outside of the country. A man that refuses to make his own products in the United States cannot be trusted to rebuild our country’s manufacturing sector.

His record speaks for itself on a host of issues that are important to Colorado’s working families. He refuses to negotiate with his Las Vegas casino employees. He is 100 percent for right-to-work. He has gotten rich off the backs of working people.

Donald Trump won’t make America great again. He is bad for our country and bad for the working people of Colorado. Read more >>>

The Colorado AFL-CIO met on July 6 in its Committee on Political Education (COPE) to determine candidate endorsements for the 2016 elections after the primary. Listed below are the recommendations of the Colorado AFL-CIO for the 2016 election cycle. Read more >>>

(Washington, DC, June 16, 2016) – The General Board of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated a year ago to capture the interests of the working people the federation represents. Read more >>>

Working People Stand United Against Hate

Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Sam Gilchrist, Colorado AFL-CIO President Jason Wardrip, and Denver Area Labor Federation President Josh Downey released the following statement today in response to the murder of 49 people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida:

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Delegates from across Colorado gathered on Saturday, May 21, 2016 for the Colorado AFL-CIO’s 32nd biennial Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention to determine candidate endorsements for the 2016 elections. By Colorado AFL-CIO Constitution, a two-thirds majority vote is required for endorsement.

More information, and a full list of candidates can be found by clicking the link below. 

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Good from Bad Water

Union members have been helping out Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis. Read the full article>>>

As the 2016 Legislative Session is ramping up, the Colorado AFL-CIO announced a new Political and Legislative Director, Kjersten Forseth.

Kjersten Forseth brings over 20 years of political and government affairs experience to the Colorado AFL-CIO. Most recently she was the Chief of Staff for the Colorado Senate President during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, and the Senate Minority for the 2015 legislative session.

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Agenda focuses on working families and keeping jobs in Colorado

Colorado possesses many great assets as a state: natural beauty, abundant resources, and many great institutions. But no asset is as great as it's people- the people who teach our children, care for the elderly, build and maintain our infrastructure. The Colorado workforce is filled with ingenuity and pride.

However, while we have made positive strides to keep our economy strong and keep jobs in Colorado, many Colorado families are struggling. Today the Colorado AFL-CIO released their Prosperity Agenda for the 2015 legislative session. The agenda outlines the core principles of the Colorado AFL-CIO:

  • Building a strong middle class and protecting good paying jobs.
  • Investing in Colorado's workforce and infrastructure.
  • Protecting Colorado families.
  • Building community partnerships.


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 Despite the cold temperatures, on November 14 - A National Day of Action - members of the American Postal Workers Union, National Postal Mailhandlers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers gathered to protest the destructive actions proposed by the Postmaster General. They were joined by Mike Cerbo Executive Director of the CO AFL-CIO and Jimmy Cordova of the Ironworkers Local 847.

by Kenneth Quinnell via AFL-CIO Now Blog

Airport drivers who work for SuperShuttle in Denver are fighting back against the threat of reduced wages and lost jobs. The long battle began 5 years ago when drivers attempted to organize for a voice on the job with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) after the company hired new drivers and reduced pay for existing employees. The situation recently heated up as the drivers say the company stopped bargaining with them and imposed a new contract that cuts wages by 30% and forces them to reapply for their jobs.

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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.

The bill sponsors included Representatives Pete Lee (D), Dan Pabon (D), Senators Andy Kerr (D), Jeanne Nicholson (D) and cosponsors included every Democratic member of the House and Senate.

Click the title to read the full press release.

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.


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.”

Andrew Myers, president of Myers Research | Strategic Services, said, “It is rare to see such a high level of support for an issue like this. Public sentiment is clearly with firefighters on collective bargaining rights and legislators should be wary of being on the wrong side of this issue.”

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:

And as it relates to firefighters in Colorado, do you favor or oppose allowing firefighters to negotiate with local governments over issues like better safety equipment, ensuring safe staffing levels, and health care and survivorship benefits if they are killed in the line of duty?

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


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