COLORADO AFL-CIO RELEASES PROSPERITY AGENDA
Agenda focuses on working families and keeping jobs in Colorado
Denver- Colorado possesses many great assets as a state: natural beauty, abundant resources, and many great institutions. But no asset is as great as it's people- the people who teach our children, care for the elderly, build and maintain our infrastructure. The Colorado workforce is filled with ingenuity and pride.
However, while we have made positive strides to keep our economy strong and keep jobs in Colorado, many Colorado families are struggling. Today the Colorado AFL-CIO released their Prosperity Agenda (http://bit.ly/1Bm3xh3) for the 2015 legislative session. The agenda outlines the core principles of the Colorado AFL-CIO:
- Building a strong middle class and protecting good paying jobs.
- Investing in Colorado's workforce and infrastructure.
- Protecting Colorado families.
- Building community partnerships.
"Colorado has always had a tradition of supporting strong families that strive for generations", said Mike Cerbo, Executive Director of the Colorado AFL-CIO. "It is now more important than ever that we enact policies that lift up workers into the middle class and provide livable wages and sustainable benefits."
One glaring example where the economic system is not working for everyone is pay equity. Recently the Pay Equity Commission was dissolved by the Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology. The Commission regulated pay disparity in Colorado. In a state where women earn 79 cents to the dollar earned by Colorado men, the Colorado AFL-CIO will be working to enact policies that close the income gap and growing economic disparity that threatens our unique, Colorado way of life.