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Decrying ‘political theater,’ state labor chief urges Denver district, union to...

Criticizing the most recent teacher pay bargaining session as “political theater,” the head of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment urged the Denver...

Denver teachers union asks Colorado labor officials to stay out of...

Arguing that intervention would be “futile,” the Denver teachers union has formally asked state labor officials to stay out of a contract dispute between...

Senate committee kills measure to open records on wage-law violations

With no discussion, a Senate committee late last week killed legislation that would have allowed the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to disclose whether a company has cheated its workers.

Unemployed Coloradans losing benefits fast, face foreclosures, jail time

Coloradans are suffering directly because lawmakers in Washington can not find a way to work together to pass vital federal unemployment insurance benefits extensions. Like many states, Colorado tied benefits to federal payments and in Colorado the federal money pays larger percentages of claims. As Republicans and Democrats face off on Capitol Hill, thousands of Coloradans are being dropped from the rolls. Some of them will be hungry. Others homeless. And some of them jailed for not paying debts. Kelly, for example, a former Westminster financial analyst whose unemployment insurance recently ended and who didn't want the Colorado Independent to post her full name, is working to avoid arrest for not paying fees incurred in the wake of a misdemeanor traffic violation.

Union Coalition Secures State Worker Ballots

At least three groups of state employees will participate in a mail-in vote to unionize under a labor coalition after ballot petitions passed one...