Strike deadline approaches as Colorado health care workers negotiate with Kaiser Permanente

BY: - September 28, 2023

Colorado could see 3,000 health care workers go on strike next week if Kaiser Permanente leadership does not agree to union workers’ demands.  While negotiating with Kaiser for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic, Service Employees International Union Local 105 members and a coalition of other unions from around the country are asking […]

Colorado officials reshuffle Moffat Tunnel lease team as passenger rail push accelerates

BY: - September 26, 2023

The state of Colorado has switched tracks on its Moffat Tunnel lease renegotiation, with the Colorado Department of Transportation taking the reins from the state’s Department of Local Affairs as the lead agency redoing the long-term deal that allows rail giant Union Pacific to use the state-owned tunnel. As first reported by Colorado Newsline in […]

Basic income saved lives, say supporters, who rally in Denver for extension of cash assistance

BY: - September 23, 2023

Advocates for the Denver Basic Income Project rallied at the Colorado Capitol on Friday to urge local leaders to support additional funding for the program, which provides direct cash assistance to people experiencing homelessness.  In honor of Basic Income National Day of Action, DBIP leadership and other supporters marched from the Colorado Capitol to the […]

Workers at 38 GM and Stellantis auto suppliers called to join UAW strike

BY: - September 22, 2023

This story originally appeared in the Michigan Advance. Workers at a total of 38 auto parts plants will join the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Detroit Three auto manufacturers: Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. All the parts distribution facilities for General Motors and Stellantis across the country were called to the stand up and […]

State economic forecast shows drop in TABOR refund amounts, Colorado general fund revenue

BY: - September 20, 2023

Colorado lawmakers received a fairly optimistic economic forecast on Wednesday, despite a projected decline in general fund revenue next year and smaller expected refunds to taxpayers. Economists from the nonpartisan Legislative Council Staff told the Joint Budget Committee as part of their quarterly forecast that general fund revenue, which the state relies on to pay […]

Michigan congresswoman pushes ‘Restaurant Workers Bill of Rights’

BY: - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, re-introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at improving the lives of U.S. restaurant workers. The “Restaurant Workers Bill of Rights” would raise wages and improve work conditions for restaurant staff. Tlaib, who also pushed this legislation last year, held a press conference Tuesday alongside U.S. House colleagues and […]

With federal funding, Colorado works to shore up its affordable internet program

BY: - September 18, 2023

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Teaching middle school social studies remotely during the coronavirus pandemic was one of the most challenging times of Steven Panchenko’s life. There were times when his bilingual students at Global Village Academy in Northglenn would freeze up on screen and miss five to 10 minutes of class. […]

Consumers face higher car prices, lower inventory with auto workers on strike

BY: - September 15, 2023

Economic experts and researchers say that the auto workers strike could have far-reaching economic consequences for businesses and consumers, depending on its duration. In addition to workers’ job losses, consumers could see higher prices for cars and depleted inventory. The United Auto Workers union, representing about 150,000 auto workers, walked off the job at midnight […]

Automakers’ record profits not shared with workers, Biden says as UAW strike launches

BY: - September 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden dispatched two senior administration officials to Detroit on Friday after the United Auto Workers union began a historic strike against the Big Three auto companies amid a contract dispute. “Over the past decade auto companies have seen record profits, including over the last few years because of the extraordinary skill […]

Strike! United Auto Workers declares historic strike against Detroit Three automakers.

BY: - September 15, 2023

This story originally appeared in the Michigan Advance. The United Auto Workers (UAW) declared a strike at midnight Thursday after negotiations for a new contract failed with “Detroit Three” auto manufacturers: Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. This is the first time in the union’s history it has gone on strike against all three automakers. UAW […]

After spike in child poverty, Bennet, Democratic colleagues renew push for expanded child tax credit

BY: - September 14, 2023

A group of federal lawmakers who have championed the expansion of the child tax credit are once again pushing for action after new census data showed that childhood poverty more than doubled across the country last year.  U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and other members of the self-described “CTC Six” gathered at a press conference Wednesday […]

Latino voters in Colorado say housing, cost of living are main concerns in new poll

BY: - September 14, 2023

Latino voters in Colorado are largely concerned with the economic challenges they face and want to see policy priorities that address the rising cost of living, improve wages and enable housing stability, a statewide survey shows. That is a main takeaway from the 2023 Colorado Latino Policy Agenda, an annual survey in its third year […]