Protect Colorado’s Workers!

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Governor Polis need to hear from you on their proposed updates to overtime pay and wage protections for hardworking Coloradans!

You deserve to be paid for ALL the hours you workWHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?

Colorado’s economy is booming, but hardworking Coloradans continue to feel squeezed and our overtime and wage laws have left too many Coloradans unprotected for far too long. Time is money — and current laws allow employers to take BOTH from their employees. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Governor Polis need to hear from you about why it’s time to update the laws on who is eligible for overtime and wage protections in a way that makes sense for Colorado’s economy and way of life. 

Tell the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Governor Polis to bring Colorado’s labor policies in line with the needs of Colorado workers and their families.

THE PROBLEM: 

While CEOs make 300 times what their average workers make, and corporations are making record profits, hardworking families continue to struggle. Only 8% of today’s Colorado workers receive the overtime pay they have earned, compared with 62% in the 1970s. In some industries, workers aren’t even allowed breaks for meals or rest — no matter how many hours they work. It’s time for corporations, businesses, and executives to fulfill their basic responsibilities to workers by paying employees the wages they have earned – take action and submit a public comment in support of Colorado workers and their families. 

THE FACTS: 

  • More and more of us are working more and more hours — but not everyone is getting compensated fairly for it. Salaried employees making just over $23,000 year can be forced to work extra hours without receiving the overtime pay they have earned.
  • Employers can require their workers to work long days — more than 12 hours — with no additional pay and no meal or rest breaks. 
  • Excessively long hours negatively affect productivity, workplace safety, and health and wellbeing.
  • The 40-hour workweek is a basic workers’ right, but that can be ignored by corporations and businesses. If they classify their employees as “exempt,” they can deny overtime wages.
  • In fact, construction workers, agricultural workers, and manufacturing workers are not currently entitled to meal and rest breaks — no matter how many hours they work in a day.

Not paying people overtime doesn't respect them nor value their time.THE SOLUTION: 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has issued a draft rule that puts Colorado on the path to making sure workers are fairly compensated and have protections in the workplace, and they need to hear from you.

Towards Justice and our partners want the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Governor Polis to:

  • Make sure that workers in industries like agriculture, construction, and manufacturing are protected.   
  • Make sure workers eligible for overtime aren’t left out because of an extended phase-in period.
  • Implement a minimum overtime salary threshold that makes sense for Colorado’s economy and way of life.
  • Put Colorado on the path to making sure all workers are fairly compensated and have protections in the workplace. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – TAKE ACTION ON FAIR WAGES:

Current wage laws are not fair and have left too many Coloradans unprotected for far too long. Updating our outdated laws to bring them in line with the realities of Colorado’s booming economy will build a stronger future for all Coloradans.. 

Join with other workers around the state by filling out the form below or clicking here.

It's about TIME!