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.
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.
Robin Kniech, Councilwoman At-large
Polly Kyle, Council Aide
Chris Lowell, Council Aide
Tangier Barnes Wright, Council Aide
$45,000 Median construction annual salary in Denver
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.
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.