Economy

Union, King Soopers reach tentative labor agreement, ending 10-day strike

BY: - January 21, 2022

More than 8,000 striking King Soopers employees will return to work as soon as today following a tentative agreement reached by the grocery chain and members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, ending a 10-day walkout in protest of unfair labor practices. UFCW Local 7 and King Soopers announced the three-year agreement early […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including the […]

Judge orders limits on picket lines as King Soopers strike enters second week

BY: - January 19, 2022

A Colorado judge on Monday bowed to requests by King Soopers grocery stores to place significant restrictions on the picket lines maintained by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 members, as the union’s strike over pay and working conditions enters its second week. A temporary restraining order issued by Denver District Court Judge Marie […]

Thousands of Colorado King Soopers workers go on strike for better pay, protections

BY: - January 12, 2022

More than 8,000 grocery workers at King Soopers stores in Colorado walked off the job Wednesday morning, striking over what they say are unfair terms being offered by the company in ongoing contract negotiations. The strike by members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 officially began at 5 a.m., impacting more than 75 […]

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Gov. Polis and Democrats unveil 2022 legislative platform

BY: - January 11, 2022

Colorado Democrats — who control the state Senate, House of Representatives and governor’s office — unveiled their election-year legislative platform during a Monday press conference. Democrats hear Coloradans’ concerns about the rising cost of living and “have a plan to make it easier to get by,” House Speaker Alec Garnett said on the steps of the Colorado  […]

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Colorado Democrats plan to tackle K-12 education, high cost of living in upcoming session

BY: - January 10, 2022

It’s getting more expensive to live in Colorado, a fact that Republicans are counting on to help them in a midterm election year. State GOP leaders held a news conference in August at a Denver gas station, seeking to call attention to rising fuel prices and blame Democrats — who control the state Senate, House […]

Colorado King Soopers workers formally announce intent to strike

BY: - January 6, 2022

The union representing 17,000 workers at King Soopers and Kroger grocery stores in Colorado and Wyoming on Thursday formally announced its intent to strike as talks with the company over a new labor agreement remain stalled. The announcement by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 followed a near-unanimous Jan. 2 vote by the union’s […]

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: - December 22, 2021

President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]

Amid rising inflation, state forecasts project solid growth for Colorado’s economy

BY: - December 20, 2021

The latest economic forecasts released by Colorado officials predict continued growth for the state even amid supply chain disruptions, a labor shortage and high inflation. That means Coloradans can expect to receive refunds and tax cuts — mandated under state law when revenue exceeds a certain amount — in each of the next couple of […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]

As Boulder mourns unhoused dead, community awaits answers on final days of mother and baby

BY: - December 18, 2021

Jessica Aldama will be remembered. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Americans will mourn en masse the thousands of deaths in which homelessness played a part this past year. It is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. In cities across the country, a list of names will be read before the longest night of the year settles onto […]

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]