Airline worker Archie Archelus and his wife Rose have two kids at home, one in middle school and the other an older teen for whom they’re paying college tuition. Together they earn $26.89 and hour, short of the $34 estimated as necessary to make ends meet without public or private assistance by a researcher who put together the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado for the nonprofit Colorado Center on Law and Policy.
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy releases its report on how much income Colorado families need to make ends meet without public or private assistance
Mayor Hancock is considering separate action covering a broader set of workers
Thousands of Denver International Airport workers could potentially earn $15 an hour with a minimum wage measure officially on May’s ballot as of Monday.
Would apply to biz operating in city facilities
Mayor Michael Hancock’s change would apply to employees, contractors and vendors’ employees
- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is considering a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour for city employees that would be phased in over several years.
The next step for supporters of the ballot initiative is waiting for the Denver Elections Division to approve the signatures and determine whether the question will officially be put to Denver voters next May.
Vendors say they’d pay more, but the market doesn’t demand it — even as they struggle to keep good employees.
Workers from Denver International Airport turned in petitions on Tuesday for a special ballot measure next May. They have been gathering signatures for a $15/hour minimum wage.
More than 550 catering workers at DIA will now be part of the Unite Here labor union, same group that is pushing for special airport minimum wage
DIA workers deliver over 17,000 signatures to place $15 minimum wage measure on May 2019 citywide ballot on the same day that 2,700 United Airlines catering workers win union election
Teresita Felix works at Denver International Airport in a catering kitchen run by United Airlines, but she earns so little, she says, that she’s forced to live in a house in Aurora with twenty of her relatives, including seven children.
“I cannot afford to live on my own in Denver,” Felix says.
Employees at Denver International Airport want a raise and they’re starting a drive petition on Thursday to gather the signatures needed to get the proposal on Denver’s ballot in May of 2019.
If they’re successful, it’ll appear on the May 2019 ballot.
Sylvister Ralpho has worked at Denver International Airport as a United Airlines employee for over eight years. He says that right now, he makes less than $12 an hour and struggles to pay his bills.
“Yeah, I have like 12 people living in my apartment,” Ralpho said. “I have my mom, my grandmother, my sisters, my kids. Right now I’m just living paycheck to paycheck and I’m not making enough money for my kids so I have to choose between paying rent or buy stuff for my kids.”
Workers at Denver International Airport say they’ll begin a push to raise the minimum wage for airport employees to $15 an hour by 2021.
Backers of the proposed “Denver Airport Minimum Wage Initiative” — including the Unite Here union and activist groups — were announcing Thursday that they will begin collecting petition signatures to place the measure on the ballot in next May’s city election.
The proponents are calling their campaign “$15 for DIA.”
The Denver International Airport workers who prepare your in-flight dinners and push your loved ones’ wheelchairs through the terminal don’t, in many cases, earn livable wages.
A new ballot initiative, launched at a rally Thursday morning in front of the Denver City and County Building, aims to establish a DIA-specific minimum wage of $15 for the more than 6,000 airport workers making less than that.
Thousands of service workers at Denver International Airport could see their pay rise under a union-backed ballot proposal that aims to set a special minimum wage for DIA.