ABOUT COLORADO CARE WORKERS UNITE
We, Colorado care workers, do essential, compassionate work. We take care of loved ones and families. Yet, we struggle to pay our own rent and put food on the table for our own families. Here in Colorado, and across the nation, the demand for home care is rapidly increasing, but the system doesn’t work for anyone. We can’t afford to keep doing this work, even when we desperately want to.
That’s why care workers and consumers are coming together. We’re demanding a living wage for care workers, the right to form a union without retaliation, and a care system that works for everyone. Home care workers in states like Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington organized and won higher wages and benefits. Colorado can and needs to do better. Now is the time to make care jobs good jobs here in our state.
Despite doing the work that allows older Americans and people with disabilities to live with dignity in their own homes, care workers are paid so little they can’t afford to take care of their own families. Colorado Care Workers Unite is creating an opportunity for workers to stand together for better pay, rights on the job and to provide a well-trained workforce that meets the needs of our growing aging population.
WHAT WE HAVE WON
Colorado Care Workers Unite was founded in 2018 to bring our priorities as caregivers to the forefront in decisions that affect us, our families and our clients.
A statewide ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in CO, immediately impacting the lowest paid caregivers!
We leveraged our voices and collective power to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) here in our state and across the country.
We knocked doors, turned out the vote and continue to hold elected officials accountable to the patients, home care clients and caregivers they represent.
WITH YOUR HELP WE WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR CARE WORKERS BY:
Fighting for fairer wages for all care workers
Improving training oversight and opportunities
Providing Qualified Medication Administration Personnel (QMAP) certification courses
Providing CPR/First-Aid certification courses
Providing legal resources for caregivers
Supporting care providers health and well-being, to meet the needs of working in a high-stress environment