Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 28, 20172min1138

Ellen Golombek will be leaving her role as executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment at the end of October, the office of Gov. John Hickenlooper announced. The office issued a statement from Hickenlooper today crediting Golombek with having “transformed” the labor department since taking the helm in 2011. The statement said she will “pursue an opportunity with a national workforce advocacy agency.”

Hick praised Golombek at length:

“She brought together coalitions to advance workforce solutions, led regulatory reforms on behalf of business and created a culture of engagement and accountability within CDLE. She will be missed.”

According to the press release, Golombek implement a number of reforms during her tenure, including leading a 2012 effort to issue $625 million in unemployment compensation bonds so that the unemployment insurance trust fund would be solvent. That move turned off the solvency surcharge that had been assessed against Colorado businesses since 2004 and eliminated the interest payments on money borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits.

She has a long history in organized labor. She previously served 10 years as president of the Colorado AFL-CIO and before that worked with the Service Employees International Union. She was also National Political and Field Director for Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 20, 20165min377

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.