Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 25, 20175min236
The state’s largest labor organization, the Colorado AFL-CIO, wants legislators to pass equal-pay laws, keep jobs from going overseas and fight Republican efforts to do away with the state health exchange. “Our hard-working families deserve a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” executive director Sam Gilchrist said at a Capitol announcement. “They deserve […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 28, 20166min210
Democrats will take a third shot at restoring up to six hours a month of unpaid parental leave for school activities when the session starts Jan. 11. Rep. Janet Buckner of Aurora carried the bill in the last session. She was finishing the term of her  husband, John Buckner, the renowned high school principal who passed away in 2015. […]

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Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 20, 20165min382

Finally, some good news about working families in this country: in 2015, lower and middle income workers saw real income gains, and the median income gain was 5.2 percent. It confirms what most of us know: working families are what is leading us out of the recession. They are the bedrock of the recovery. When lower and middle income workers make money, they spend it on consumer goods and services, keeping their local economy humming. But this good news isn’t enough. It can’t be a one-off. We have lived through decades of wage stagnation and the hollowing out of the middle-class. In fact, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the median wage in Colorado is the same as it was in 1985.