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Zornio: Colorado’s workers should always have a seat at the table

The King Soopers strike may be over, but the fight for worker’s rights is set to continue in the legislature

Opinion Columns
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King Soopers union workers plan 3-week strike starting Wednesday at 87 Colorado grocery stores

Charges of unfair labor practices are on both sides as negotiations on a new contract have apparently not been successful.

Business

Colorado state workers to get pay raises for the next three years

The new contract between Colorado and state employees sets a minimum wage of $15 per hour

Politics and Government

What’s Working: A third-quarter check on Colorado’s economy and more on worker deaths and COVID

Inflation is on the rise, but not new business startups. Also: $600 million to pare down state’s $1 billion unemployment loan, Denver tops for wage growth and more!

Economy

Colorado had the nation’s highest rate of layoffs and job separations in August

Though many employers blamed a labor shortage for lack of workers, the state’s rank in job cuts, quitters and hiring rates was among the highest in the nation, says a new JOLTS report.

Economy

Colorado ski resorts are in an uphill battle for workers amid the historic labor shortage

Ski areas are reaching out to locals, relying on visa programs and retooling jobs as they search for hundreds of workers in communities enduring critical housing and labor shortages.

Outdoors

Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about impact of strike in Colorado, other states

More than 10,000 Deere employees went on strike last week at 14 Deere factories

Business

Flooded with tourists, Colorado mountain towns are starting to limit short-term rentals to combat housing crisis

Colorado resort towns are limiting vacation rentals as communities weather waves of tourists, a housing crisis and a labor shortage.

Housing

Colorado AFL-CIO will withhold donations to Democratic campaign committees through May 2022, saying unions have been “excluded”

“We need the Colorado Democratic Party to treat us like authentic partners,” Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Dennis Dougherty wrote in a letter to fellow labor leaders

Politics and Government

Colorado farmworker rights and wages bills signed into law, along with other measures aiding immigrants

The farm labor rule was part of a raft of bills passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature to boost immigrant rights.

News

Record lumber prices are adding $35,000 to the sale price of a new home, further crunching Colorado’s housing market

A number of factors have forced lumber prices up, but many of them were around before the pandemic began.

Housing

Opinion: A Colorado labor leader reminds Biden that supporting workers and the environment is not an either-or choice

Biden’s decision to rescind the permit of the Keystone XL pipeline is the kind of over-correction that brings unintended consequences, especially for labor.

Opinion Columns

Ski patroller unions set to grow in Colorado’s consolidating resort industry

Ski patrollers at Keystone, Breckenridge and Big Sky plan votes to join six other ski area unions as labor advocates predict a revival of collective bargaining for resort workers

Outdoors

Opinion: Why Colorado’s economy shouldn’t just return to “normal” after COVID-19

Opinion Columns

How Amazon hid its safety crisis in Colorado — and nationwide

Amazon’s safety team knew there was a problem at its fulfillment center in Thornton. Internal reports sent to Amazon safety managers across the country in early 2019 repeatedly flagged the warehouse for having especially high injury rates

Business

$300 unemployment bonus runs into technical snags in Colorado after people overwhelm request system

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment disabled its online certification system for the Lost Wages Assistance, created by President Donald Trump, and will notify eligible users when it’s ready again

Business

Audio: The end of the unemployment boost in Colorado

Tamara Chuang talks with KUNC's Colorado Edition about her story

Audio

The $600 federal unemployment benefit is ending. Here’s what that means for out-of-work Coloradans.

The state added 100,000 workers to the labor force in June, a recovery of about 37% of jobs lost between February and April. But coronavirus infections are on the rise, and new safety restrictions are being enacted.

Business

Struggling ski resort industry frets over Trump’s ban on immigrant worker visas

“If you are an HR director at a ski area, you are panicking right now," said Dave Byrd, policy director for the National Ski Areas Association, referencing President Trump’s extension of an immigrant visa ban through 2020.

Outdoors

Worried about coronavirus safety at work? Colorado lawmakers want you to speak out without facing retaliation

House Bill 1415 has drawn concerns from Republicans and business groups who worry that it is unnecessary and will lead to frivolous lawsuits

Politics and Government
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