A decision by the National Labor Review Board last week determined that McDonald's is responsible for employee wages at all of its U.S. restaurants. Previously, the corporation had held that wages were controlled and set by each individually owned restaurant franchise, and therefore the company was ... More >>
Denver Public Schools is projecting that it will once again be the largest school district in Colorado, a title it hasn't held since the 1970s. With an estimated 88,208 students enrolled this year, up from 72,188 students ten years ago, DPS calls itself the "fastest-growing urban school district in ... More >>
Last Friday, Alex Evans, a second grader at Loveland's Mary Blair Elementary, was suspended for playing an imaginary game that included throwing a pretend grenade. Such stories are manna from heaven for those who think political correctness runs amok at schools. But while a local critic of Mary Blai ... More >>
On Valentine's Day, all Fort Collins dispensaries closed as the result of a retail ban passed the previous November. But MMJ patients and industry types aren't meekly accepting this verdict. Following on unsuccessful court challenge, they've banded together to collect signatures for a new proposal t ... More >>
John Fleck.John Fleck is a blunt man. When he says he's seen social inequality for more than twenty years, he means it. Fleck has been a labor union rep for the same amount of time, which makes him particularly well equipped to speak out against that inequality on behalf of the Denver Area La ... More >>
Update: Steve Ackerman, president of the Fort Collins Medical Cannabis Association and owner of the Organic Alternatives dispensary, notes that the final count in a vote to ban MMJ retail operations in his hometown won't be released until noon today. However, he sounds resigned to defeat and ... More >>
Crisanta Duran.Lawyer and former Colorado Young Democrats president Crisanta Duran defeated Denver Health doctor Mark Thrun yesterday in the Democratic State House primary in Denver's District 5. The race wasn't always pretty, with both sides accusing the other of playing dirty. But Duran's ... More >>
This is distinctly American music. Working with a lineup that's fluctuated between six and ten and has included members of Jurassic 5, Ozomatli has for some fifteen years been blending Latin rhythms and hip-hop influences for a sound that's as big as it is varied and multicultural. The U.S. ... More >>
Crisanta Duran and a guy you might knowUpdate, 3:57 p.m.: Crisanta Duran has released a statement about the UFCW Local 7 endorsement. Look for it below the original item. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 has endorsed Mark Thrun, a Denver Health doctor, in the race to represent ... More >>
For much of the past year, contract negotiations at Colorado King Soopers, Safeway and Albertsons stores have dragged on amid an atmosphere riper than an unrefrigerated meat section. But at last, a peaceful solution seems near. Last week, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 and Al ... More >>
Update, December 17, 3:21 p.m.: King Soopers has issued an official response to the contract ratification; still nothing from Safeway. Look below for the latest. On Tuesday, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 announced a surprising split vote over the latest contract offers for area ... More >>
Update, 12:27 p.m.: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 spokeswoman Laura Chapin shares comments about the grocery-workers vote below the original item: This just in: King Soopers and City Market employees have voted to accept a contract offer from their company, while their peers at ... More >>
Dick Wadhams isn't leading the "Run Tom" parade. But he swears he's not putting up roadblocks, either.Yesterday, Tom Tancredo confirmed his plans to run for governor now that state senator Josh Penry has dropped out of the race. That throws a kink into frontrunner Scott McInnis' dream of a un ... More >>
John Ransom.School board races are typically nonpartisan, but not this year in Douglas County. The Republican party there has endorsed a slate of four candidates -- an unusual move the Denver Post took note of in an October 20 article that focused more on conflicts and complaints from the lik ... More >>
A September rally for grocery workers at UFCW Local 7 headquarters. On October 20, negotiators for grocery workers and Safeway, one of three giant chains whose contracts with union employees in Colorado have expired, sat down for the first time in ages to try and hammer out an agreement. But ... More >>
As we noted last week, there appears to have been zero measurable progress made in resolving the long-running contract dispute between unionized grocery workers and the big three local chains: King Soopers, Safeway and Albertsons. But the latter triumvirate may have just gained a public-relat ... More >>
chug-a-lugIf the president can do it, so can everyone else. What Colorado needs now are more sudsy sit-downs. Here's an example (see our previous pairings here, here and here): Dispute: Bill Ritter vs. Labor Unions and his own party Beer: Steamworks Brewing Company's Colorado Kolsch ... More >>
The past few days have been relatively quiet ones in regard to the continuing standoff between union-represented grocery workers and chains such as King Soopers and Safeway over a new contract. However, the latest entry on the Twiter feed linked to AlwaysHereForColorado.com, a site launched by the ... More >>
An image from the AlwaysHereForColorado.com website. Last week, King Soopers asked a federal court judge to stop United Food and Commercial Workers International Local No. 7 representatives from talking to staffers while they're on the job -- a tactic referred to in press accounts as "blitzing." Bu ... More >>
As noted yesterday, King Soopers is avoiding the nuclear option when it comes to negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Local No. 7, rapidly agreeing to go back to the bargaining table as opposed to locking out employees who overwhelming rejected the retailers lates ... More >>
Once it became clear that the overwhelming majority of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local No. 7 members across the Front Range had rejected King Soopers' latest contract offer, the company had the option to put further negotiations in the freezer section. Instead, King So ... More >>
Bill Ritter keeps his pen busy in a photo from the Colorado AFL-CIO's Employee-Free Choice page. Earlier this week, Governor Bill Ritter got an earful from grocery workers while signing a bill they saw as a full-frontal attack on them at a time when they're involved in a contract drama with three ... More >>
The latest deadline in talks between United Food & Commercial Workers Local #7 and representatives of King Soopers stores is midnight tomorrow -- and while neither side seems to want a work stoppage to begin one second later, there's disagreement over how long an negotiations extension should be. ... More >>
The title of a certain December 15 blog -- "Denver Newspaper Guild Almost Mum on Renegotiating Denver Post and Denver Newspaper Agency Contract" -- pretty much foreshadows the DNG's lack of eagerness to discuss its recent decision to open pacts with the Post and the DNA early at the request of Dean ... More >>
"What have the Democrats done to my brain?" Channel 9 morning anchor Gary Shapiro is usually pretty upbeat about everything. So when he mentioned during a Monday broadcast that his DNC goodie bag wasn't all that, well, good, I was taken aback. After seeing mine, however, I realized he had a point.
Yes, he was against illegal immigration -- but he was also pro-Aztlan.
Blake Mooney was recently laid off from his job at NewMediaCompany.com and has somehow found some time to give a glimpse into the week in the life of a man on the dole. This is his story. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday: To the depressed and despondent (or in my case, unemployed), hope and ... More >>
President Dubya wants to send more troops to Iraq, but he doesn't seem to be paying much attention to federal employees who say we need more boots on the ground right here --— specifically, more correctional officers in federal prisons, where the level of assaults is rising as staffing rosters ... More >>
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
A brief look at the brewer's past.
Box-office employees are battling the DCPA behind the scenes in an effort to form a union.
JOAs can be bad news for newspaper employees.
US West deregulation issues; War between union and steel mill rages on
Some nurses say it's time they got organized.
International Mr. Leather Bruce Chopnik wants to tell the world: It's a new day for gays and Coors.
Police and firefighters who are injured on the job say the legislature has failed to protect and serve them.
A lobbyist faces censure even from lawmakers who agree with him.
The CSO finds itself in the middle of a squabble over possible royalties from a new film.
Frying taco shells, growing zinnias--it's all in a day's work for Colorado prisoners.
EVERYBODY LOVES THIS COMMERCE CITY POSTAL EMPLOYEE. SO WHY DON'T HIS BOSSES?