Labor Lobby Corps

Colorado AFL-CIO Lobby Corps

Coloradans face two more years of a split legislature and a national movement to roll back 20 years of worker protections. Building our grassroots political power is vital to preventing bad legislation, passing good legislation and ensuring Colorado is insulated from national attacks.

Our collective effort last fall helped elect many pro-working family legislators, but our work cannot stop there. Now is the time for us to support those legislators and hold them accountable in making the best choices for Colorado’s working families.  

Constituents-- rank and file members-- are our most powerful messengers to legislators. Member’s voices and member’s stories are  the best way to combat the swarm of corporate lobbyists roaming the halls every day.

The Lobby Corps will:

  • Train members on the process to pass working families legislation

  • Build relationships with a variety of locals across the state and forge partnerships

  • Build relationships with their legislator to make the labor movement more impactful

  • Develop relationships with community partners

  • Increase the power we have as a movement through people power

  • Develop skills members can use to work with their local governments

The Colorado AFL-CIO will be starting this program on February 21, 2017.  It is the goal of each CLC and the State Federation to work with the affiliate locals to recruit 1-2 unique members from each CLC region (regardless of the local) per week to come to the capitol for 3 consecutive days during the session.  The last week of the program is April 24th.  

Release time:

Union members that would like to participate in this program would either need to be released by their local union for the 3 days of the program or they would need to take vacation time.  

Costs:

This is an investment in your members and your local union.  The AFL will provide three days of vigorous training, help your members develop relationships with their legislators and other union members, and further the labor movement’s goals for the state.

The local union and the CLC should work together to cover the costs of travel to Denver for the week of the program. Those include: mileage, parking near capitol, hotel for three nights or a coordinated home stay, and meals for the week (except lunch, which the AFL-CIO will cover).

Dress Code:

Senators and Representatives are required to wear a tie, coat, dress shoes and shoulders must be covered at all times on the House and Senate floor (referred to as the coat rule). While your legislator might not expect you to be dressed the same, a prional presentation helps your message be received by your legislator.  A button-up shirt, tie and coat is recommended for men, but a button up shirt and slacks is also acceptable. Hats of all kinds are not allowed in the gallery and you will be asked to remove it by the sergeant when you are observing the House/Senate floor.  For women, the dress code is more flexible – a dress with a blazer or pant suit is optimal, but a dress shirt and slacks is also fine.  You will be doing some walking around a building that takes up an entire city block, so foot comfort is important.  Hard marble floors are tough on knees if you do not have comfortable shoes (this applies to both men and women).

Getting members involved:

Once you have identified members to come to the Labor Lobby Corps, fill out the nomination form and email it to [email protected].