IN THE LEGISLATURE
In our first year as an official union and CWA affiliate, the Political Workers Guild of Colorado has hit the ground running, making a difference for political workers and Coloradans alike. Check out some of our accomplishments from the 2021 legislative session as well as our current projects below!
FIRST OF OUR KIND
The Political Workers Guild is the first union of its kind in the nation, and first politically affiliated group in the Communications Workers of America. Although previous efforts to unionize have resulted in little success, we hope that we mark a turning of the tide. We are proud to set a nationwide standard of ethical workplaces and fair labor practices for political workers.
In the past, labor disputes have left legislative aides and organizers underrepresented in any attempt at a mediation processes, further exacerbating a large gap in the workplace power dynamic. To ensure that all workers are fairly represented, we have created a just grievance process that allows for workers to have a voice at the table alongside their employers.
A certification process that recognizes political campaigns that are leaders in fair labor practices and ethical employment. This process is aimed to help improve living standards for political organizers, and recognize the candidates for public office that are living out the values of social and economic justice that our union holds of the utmost importance.
For the first time, both political organizers and legislative aides alike are part of one combined workforce. This allows Colorado's political workers to create a unified front of progressive leaders that not only can use their proximity to power to fight for necessary, meaningful change in the political system, but can expand employment and networking opportunities for all members.
SB21-244: FUNDING HEALTH BENEFITS FOR LEGISLATIVE AIDES
The highlight of our first legislative session was the introduction and passage of Senate Bill 21-244. This crucial piece of legislation provided appropriations for the legislative branch for the 2021-22 state fiscal year, to increase the funding for and FTE allocated to the general assembly to allow the general assembly to provide health benefits for legislative aides, and scoring a huge victory for our newly formed union.
Legislative aides celebrate in the gallery of the Colorado House of Representatives on the third and final passage of SB21-244.
Senators share why they support SB21-244 (and legislative aides) as the bill is heard on third reading.
PERMANENT PTE STATUS
Under SB21-244, aides became permanent, part-time status employees under the State of Colorado, making them eligible for several new benefits.