State of Colorado Archives: on Jobs


Jared Polis: Raise minimum wage, encourage profit sharing

As a progressive of course I support raising the minimum wage, family medical leave and ensuring that employers follow our laws; but we need fresh ideas to do more to address the rising income disparity and ensure that workers share in the value that they help create. My goal as Governor is to make Colorado first in the nation for companies that share their profits and success with their workers, just as I did with the companies I started.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website PolisForColorado.com

Cory Gardner: Co-sponsored the National Right to Work Act

Q: Support "right to work" laws, prohibiting unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Corey Gardner: Yes. Co-sponsored the National Right to Work Act, repealing bargaining provisions requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

John Hickenlooper: No. Called for legislation reversing Supreme Court ruling that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Colorado Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Cory Gardner: People will lose their jobs from minimum-wage increase

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Corey Gardner: No recent position found. Earlier: "Hundreds of thousands of people will lose their jobs as a result of a minimum-wage increase." Opposed increasing overtime-pay availability.

John Hickenlooper: Yes. Supports $15-per-hour federal minimum. "Workers cannot get ahead without affordable child care, paid family leave, and fair compensation."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Colorado Senate race Oct 10, 2020

John Hickenlooper: Reverse ruling government workers needn't pay union dues

Q: Support "right to work" laws, prohibiting unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

John Hickenlooper: No. Called for legislation reversing Supreme Court ruling that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions.

Corey Gardner: Yes. Co-sponsored the National Right to Work Act, repealing bargaining provisions requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Colorado Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Cory Gardner: COVID: Rehire America plan would help pay people

Q: Your COVID policy?

A: I'm fighting hard to make sure that we have an economy that recovers, creating more jobs and more opportunities, especially for people who are 50 and older. I've introduced the Rehire America plan that would help pay people, making sure that they're getting their salaries, and helping businesses get through this challenging time. So, together, we have to get through this. But we have to make sure that our economy gets back to its full force and strength.

Source: AARP Survey on 2020 Colorado Senate race Sep 30, 2020

John Hickenlooper: Strengthen protections against age discrimination

Q: Your senior policy?

Hickenlooper: Congress should be supporting work-share programs so that seniors don't face permanent job loss, even if their employer is struggling. In the long term, Congress could do a lot to strengthen seniors' economic security. We should strengthen protections against age discrimination, which many seniors report having experienced in the workplace. We should make it easier to save for retirement by creating portable retirement plans.

Source: AARP Survey on 2020 Colorado Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Jared Polis: Signed equal pay law; supports minority/women owned business

In Colorado, we believe your future should not be pre-determined by the color of your skin, your parents' income, your religion, your age, your disability status, where you live, where you were born, who you love, your gender identity. We believe in a Colorado For All. That's why I was proud to sign an equal pay bill guaranteeing that men and women get paid the same wage for the same work. That's why we are proud to support our minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.
Source: 2020 Colorado State of the State address Jan 9, 2020

Jared Polis: Expand collective bargaining, instead of "right-to-work"

Q: Enact "right to work" law, eliminating the right of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Jared Polis (D): No. "Protect & expand collective bargaining rights while actively opposing attacks on organized labor."

Walker Stapleton (R): Unknown.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Colorado Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Jared Polis: Let municipalities raise local minimum wage

Q: Raise the minimum wage above $7.25/hour?

Jared Polis (D): Yes. Also let municipalities raise the minimum wage in their area.

Walker Stapleton (R): Unknown. But generally opposes regulation of business.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Colorado Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Donna Lynne: Raise minimum wage, simplify licensing

I'm a strong supporter of raising the minimum wage and doing more to help hardworking Coloradans get ahead. One of my priorities is to make government services easier to access and navigate. We have moved more than a hundred professional license applications online, and reduced by 30% the amount of time it takes to complete these. This helps people spend less time in line, and more time building their business and supporting workers.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website LynneForColorado.com Sep 15, 2017

Victor Mitchell: Teachers unions are about power not about helping teachers

He's also spoiling for a fight with teachers unions. Mitchell said he would weaken them by offering new teachers incentives not to join the union ("there can be any number of options available," including compensation). as well as curriculum flexibility, pay for performance and other education initiatives that Republican voters might love but Democratic legislators won't allow. "The unions don't want to give up any power, at the end of the day," Mitchell said.
Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jun 13, 2017

Darryl Glenn: Repeal the federal minimum wage

Q: On Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No. Would prefer to repeal it, but will settle for not raising it.

Q: On Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Bennet: Supported 2010 stimulus but remains concerned about adverse effects of too much spending.

Glenn: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Colorado Senate race Oct 9, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Sustainable jobs are created by the private sector

Our top priority must be jobs. Sustainable jobs are created by the private sector. Our task must be to support that job growth, while also maintaining the highest ethical and environmental safeguards. Listening to Coloradans, understanding the vision that every county has for its economic future, is the first step. We need to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive in Colorado. The economic plan we are proposing is not a top-down, government mandated scheme. It's a bottom-up, community-based initiative that will reflect the priorities of your constituents. On my first day as your new governor, I signed executive orders designed to spur job creation, attract investors and cut red tape.
Source: 2011 Colorado State of the State Address Jan 13, 2011

Michael Bennet: Opposes Employee Free Choice Act & card-check

Buck also pressed Bennet to clarify his position on a union-organizing bill on which the Democrat has given only vague answers. Bennet said that he opposes the main thrust of the Employee Free Choice Act--allowing a majority of employees to form a union by signing a card instead of holding a secret ballot vote. "I think that the secret ballot rules shouldn't change," Bennet said. It was Bennet's most specific position to date on that bill, which has passed the House but stalled in the Senate.
Source: CBS-4-Denver coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

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Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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