Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 2, 20173min425
Reports on the death of unions are greatly exaggerated, at least in Colorado. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report released last week shows union membership jumped from  8.4 percent of the workforce in 2015 to 9.8 percent last year. The Colorado AFL-CIO says that increase equates to about 44,000 more members. It cited: The International Brotherhood […]

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Leslie HerodLeslie HerodJuly 27, 20163min426

I am honored to be able to attend the Democratic National Convention this week. I was present in 2008 when Hillary Clinton addressed the convention right here in Colorado. I remember her speaking about the need for unity and real action to make the lives of many Americans better. During her 2008 speech, Clinton posed the question, “Were you in this campaign just for me ... Or were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on a minimum wage … were you in it for all of the people in this country who feel invisible?” I expect that she will again touch on that message tomorrow night when she accepts the nomination in Philadelphia.


Roxann ElliottRoxann ElliottApril 12, 201610min404

State Rep. Janet Buckner is going all in. During her first regular session filling the House seat vacated by her late husband, John Buckner, Janet spent nearly two months fighting for the parental involvement bill he championed last year only to see it die in the Senate State Affairs Committee. At midsession, her optimism may be tempered by the grinding reality of work under the gold dome, but she’s still charging hard. Next week, Buckner, D-Aurora, will be making the case before the House finance committee for her latest bill, the Colorado Secure Savings Plan and, come summer, she’s running for reelection in House District 40.


Rep. Jessie DanielsonRep. Jessie DanielsonFebruary 8, 20164min503

Just recently, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation prohibiting pay
discrimination against women. New Mexico legislators from both parties are coming
together to close the pay gap in their state. While Colorado House Democrats are
willing to lead on this issue in our state, it doesn’t have to be a partisan battle.

So it’s unfortunate to see House Republicans attacking equal pay policies. Closing the
pay gap would cut the poverty rate for women in half, put billions into our state’s
economy, and bring more families into the middle class. This is an opportunity to work
together. Instead, some Republicans would deny the economic realities women in the
workforce face.

Here are the facts:

• A half century after Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, Census Bureau data
shows that women in Colorado earn only 82 cents to the dollar earned by men
for performing the same work.
• Race widens the pay gap – Hispanic women earn just 54 cents on the dollar, and
African American women only 66 cents.
• At the current rate, Colorado’s wage gap won’t be closed until 2057.

Despite clear evidence of a wage gap that is hurting families, keeping children in
poverty and hobbling our state’s economic growth, Rep. Clarice Navarro recently
argued that “pay equity is an issue of the past.” We respectfully disagree. When working women face pay inequity now and for decades into the future, it mocks every
Coloradan’s intelligence to claim that “both men and women alike can see the
extraordinary changes that now ensure equal pay for equal work.”

In denying these basic economic facts of life, Republican elected officials fail our
constituents, particularly in areas like Pueblo County where women earn even less than
the state average – only 68 cents to the dollar.

Instead, there is every reason to make pay equity a bipartisan mission. That may mean
stepping outside of one’s comfortable partisan ideology, but doing so will make
Colorado stronger. Let’s pass the Equal Pay in State Contracts Act so our tax dollars
support businesses that pay women the same as men for the same work. And we
should make it illegal to question applicants about their salary history by passing the
Fair Pay from the Start bill. Lastly, let’s protect employees from retaliation for talking to each other about their wages. As the sponsors of these bills, we welcome bipartisan support. Let’s work together for Colorado women.

State Rep. Jessie Danielson
State Rep. Janet Buckner
State Rep. Brittany Pettersen
State Rep. Joe Salazar
State Rep. Faith Winter

Rep. Janet Buckner
Rep. Janet Buckner
Rep. Jessie Daniellson
Rep. Jessie Danielson
Rep. Faith Winter
Rep. Faith Winter
Rep. Brittany Pettersen
Rep. Brittany Pettersen
Rep. Joe Salazar
Rep. Joe Salazar