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Two King Soopers workers file unfair labor charge against union after getting fined for crossing the picket line

The Highlands Ranch employees were fined up to $3,800 for returning to work in January

Business

Starbucks workers allege retaliation for union efforts at Colorado stores

There seems to be something about 2022 as workers at Amazon, Apple stores, REI, Activision Blizzard and even Trader Joe’s move forward with union efforts

Business

What’s Working: Coloradans feel inflation’s pain, make compromises on food and travel 

Denver’s inflation rate falls to 8.3% and most What’s Working readers surveyed aren’t better than they were last year. Plus: The Starbucks union efforts face pushback, more!

Economy

Superior Starbucks to become the first Colorado location to unionize

Employees said it felt like the company was using "a divide-and-conquer tactic" to dissuade union efforts. Starbucks denied any allegations of "anti-union behavior."

Business

What’s Working: Colorado has recovered 89% of jobs lost during COVID-19

Plus: What exactly is a "livable wage" in Colorado, unemployment rate falls to 4.8%, a $3,000 bonus for restaurant apprenticeships and much more!

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

School board candidates backed by teachers union leading in Denver, Aurora and Jeffco

Metro Denver school board candidates wrestle with charter schools, COVID protocols and staff retention.

Education

Kaiser Permanente faces strike votes in California, Oregon. Colorado may be next.

Kaiser, one of the nation's largest health care providers, has proposed a two-tiered wage and benefits system that would give newer employees lower pay and fewer health protections.

Health

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 farmworkers could get easier access to medical care under new “bill of rights”

Agricultural workers living in employer-owned housing can have trouble getting health care. It’s a symptom of bigger gaps in worker protections that the pandemic spotlighted, say proponents of a newly passed Colorado bill for farmworker rights.

Health

Ski patrollers at Breckenridge vote 43-42 to unionize

Summit County resort’s ski patrollers join United Professional Ski Patrols of America alongside first-responders at Vail Resorts’ Crested Butte, Park City in Utah and Stevens Pass in Washington.

Outdoors

Opinion: We’re Colorado legislative aides and political workers. Here’s why we formed a union.

To those concerned that having organized labor so close to seats of power might lead to more pro-worker policies, we say: Good.

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

Colorado’s governor says state can still shut meatpacking plants down as union calls for protections

“If they need to be closed again we are confident that we have the tools to be able to do that,” Gov. Jared Polis told reporters on Friday.

News

Colorado lawmakers began slashing the budget and state employees are bracing for the worst

Democratic leaders hope to avoid pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs for government employees, but it may be necessary

Politics and Government

Labor union unveils $150M campaign in Colorado, other states to help defeat Trump

The investment marks the largest voter engagement and turnout operation in the history of the Service Employees International Union, which claims nearly 2 million members

Politics and Government

Opinion: It’s time for a CU union

Opinion Columns

With Jared Polis’ blessing, Colorado lawmakers will try again to let state employees collectively bargain

Democrats have been trying for years to pass a bill to allow state employees to negotiate higher wages but have faced blowback from Republicans

Politics and Government

Colorado’s minimum wage rules don’t apply to farm, construction and other jobs. But that might be changing.

A decades-old rule governing minimum wage means a wide swath of low-income employees don’t qualify for overtime pay, lunch breaks

Business

Nicolais: Have unions gotten their mojo back in Colorado?

Fueled by economic conditions and led by the Denver teachers’ strike, unions could be poised to reverse decades of decline with a King Soopers strike looming

Opinion Columns