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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 

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??

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.

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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.”


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 www.cpff.org.

 

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