Colorado AFL-CIO


While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>

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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Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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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.

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

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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