Bill would empower public workers

Everyone should be able to work safely, be paid a living wage, and have a say in how they’re treated. That’s what advocates of the upcoming Colorado Public Employee Collective Bargaining Bill are trying to do by expanding collective bargaining rights to public sector workers. This bill is an important step in making Colorado a better place to live and work.

I’m a proud member of United Campus Workers Colorado – CWA Local 7799 and I’ve seen some of the most important work at my job be done by our members.

We’re working to make sure people who are most impacted by COVID are taken care of. We’ve been funding Community Fridges so that people who are food insecure can eat. We’ve been pushing for racial justice, disability rights, and LGBTQ inclusion. These are the kinds of things unions can create space for, and everyone deserves the right to ask for them.

As an employee, being in a union makes asking for what you deserve a little less scary. As an employer, having a union can help make sure your employees have the support they need. When we have what we need to live with dignity, not just get by, everyone benefits. It’s better for people, for families, and even business.

If you care about public workers and public institutions, I urge you to contact your state legislator and tell them. If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can find them here:

Shea Swauger