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$15 Minimum Wage For City Workers

In February 2019, Councilwoman Kniech, the Mayor, service workers, and their unions introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage for city employees and contractors to $15 per hour by 2021. Upon adoption by the City Council, this proposal would raise wages for more than 1800 city employees, an estimated 6000 employees of contractors and tenants at the airport, and hundreds of additional workers at city facilities downtown and elsewhere.Read more about the proposal.

Construction Apprenticeships & Targeted Hiring

Colorado is facing a shortage of construction workers while at the same time many Denver residents lack access to good paying jobs. Hiring and apprenticeship training goals on city construction projects will both expand supply of trained workers for Denver's construction industry, as well as provide those who need it most with a living wage job and pathway to a future career. Read on about Targeted Hiring in Denver

Contact the Council
At-Large Office

Robin Kniech, Councilwoman At-large
Phone: 720-337-7712

Polly Kyle, Council Aide
Phone: 720-337-7724

Chris Lowell, Council Aide
Phone: 720-337-7731

Tangier Barnes Wright, Council Aide
Phone: 720-337-7734

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Economic Opportunity Through Construction Careers on City Projects

Over $1 Billion in City Projects
Thousands of Good Paying Jobs
Construction Career-Building Opportunities

$45,000 Median construction annual salary in Denver

  • National Western Center
    Thanks to voter approval of $778 million, the national Western Center will revitalize arenas, educational facilities and the South Platte River.
  • General Obligation Bond
    This fall, Denver voters will decide on a general obligation bond, likely more than $500 million, to repair and build new city infrastructure.
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Projects
    Annually, Denver also fuds additional construction, such as multi-modal transportation and drainage imnprovements.

Why Hiring Goals?

Colorado faces a shortage of construction workers, due in part to an aging workforce. At the same time, Denver has communities still suffering from lack of access to good-paying jobs. Hiring and training goals on city construction projects would incentivize contractors and service providors to find and train those who need jobs the most. The construction industry gains a new generation of employees, workers receive training and support to overcome barriers, and worker's families experience greater economic stability - all while building our great city.

A Trainee's Story

Louis Vigil, 32 Years Old, Sheet Metal Apprentice

Overcoming a background with gangs and the criminal justice system, Louis is now in his second year of the Sheet Metal Union Local 9 Apprenticeship program. He is currently working on a water treatment plant under the supervision of a journey,an named Mike, who has been in the trade for 25 years. Louis' wages rise each year he advances, and they allow him to support his wife and three kids. He hopes to own his own construction company one day.


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