Wages (Economic Justice)

We cannot have a successful, consumer-based society if our largest pool of consumers (middle-class workers) live paycheck-to-paycheck, are one illness or accident away from bankruptcy, have little to no savings, and cannot afford to consume.

Policy

• Increase the state-level minimum wage to $15/hr by 2022 while maintaining its tie to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

• Increase the current minimum tipped wage to the current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr, and tie that wage to the CPI-U

• Encourage the creation and maintenance of workers’ unions across all industries, giving workers more rights to negotiate wages, benefits, and safety

• Require companies employing part-time workers who clock between 25-39 hours per week to provide benefits equivalent to full-time/salaried workers

• Limit/revoke employers’ abilities to terminate workers receiving workman’s comp benefits

• Require companies whose full-time hourly wage earners qualify for public assistance (food stamps, Medicaid, TANF, etc.) to repay the Colorado taxpayers the full amount of those services. Colorado taxpayers should not have to subsidize companies that pay sub-living wages