In order to build and maintain a strong, qualified, reliable and stable workforce across our state, we, the undersigned, support the right of Colorado public sector workers to form and be recognized as a union.
The pandemic has highlighted the work public employees do. With increased homelessness, food insecurity, strains on mental health and the labor shortage, we recognize that public employees are part of the solution so that Colorado can be a thriving, safe, and prosperous state. All working people should have the freedom to come together in union, regardless of who their employer is.
When workers have a seat at the decision-making table, Coloradans benefit through improved safety and better services. Collective bargaining means emergency responders can negotiate for more up-to-date equipment that will help them better protect our communities, teachers can advocate for safety improvements and classroom resources their students need to excel, and home healthcare workers can negotiate for improving care for their clients.
Unions support a stable workforce that builds community and institutional knowledge. Unions reduce income inequality and ensure equity regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, and religion. Unions improve wages, benefits, working conditions and safety for all working people, not only those in unions. Unions partner with communities to help revitalize local economies.
Public workers educate our children, clear our roads, provide nursing care for our veterans, maintain our parks and natural resources, put out fires, work to keep our air and water clean, respond to emergencies and so much more. Our neighbors, family and friends who serve Colorado communities deserve the right to come together in union and it’s time for Colorado to formally recognize this right.