Politics

Alayna Alvarez
6 hours ago - News

King Soopers strike ends — but workers' fight for better benefits persists

Grocery workers listen to union president Kim Cordova review the King Soopers contract before union members voted to ratify the agreement. Photo courtesy of Jimena Peterson/UFCW7

The 10-day labor dispute dominating Denver-area King Soopers and City Market grocery stores is over, but workers' battle to secure better benefits rages on.

Driving the news: Union members on Monday voted to ratify a three-year agreement that strengthens their rights and ends the strike that sent more than 8,000 employees to the picket lines.

John Frank
6 hours ago - News

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis spending big money in re-election campaign

Data: Colorado Secretary of State; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Gov. Jared Polis spent $23.4 million from his own wallet to win in 2018. Now he appears ready to spend big once again.

What's new: The Democratic incumbent contributed $738,000 to his 2022 re-election campaign through the end of 2021, campaign finance reports filed this month show.

Alayna Alvarez
Jan 24, 2022 - News

First-time homelessness doubles in metro Denver during the pandemic

People experiencing homelessness near downtown Denver in 2020. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time in metro Denver doubled between 2020 and 2021, a new report shows.

  • The data, released late last week by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, reveals about 40% of the city's homeless population was living outdoors compared to previous counts of around 25%.
John Frank
Jan 24, 2022 - News

Colorado front and center in new era of labor fights post-pandemic

Note: Unionized workers are members of a labor union or similar employee association; Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

The labor fight that recently hit Colorado grocery stores may soon extend to local coffee shops, classrooms and city hall.

Driving the news: Echoing the concerns that led to union picket lines outside Denver-area King Soopers and City Market stores, other private and public sector employees are demanding better working conditions.

John Frank
Jan 23, 2022 - Business

Colorado hits pandemic recovery milestone

Colorado Department of Labor; Chart: John Frank/Axios
Colorado Department of Labor; Chart: John Frank/Axios

Colorado's unemployment fell to 4.8% in December — the first dip below 5% since COVID arrived.

Why it matters: The decline marks a milestone in the state's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alayna Alvarez
Jan 21, 2022 - News

Why vanity license plates in Colorado were rejected in 2021

Colorado license plate with symbols implying a swear word.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

If your application for a vanity license plate was RJCTD last year, you're not ALON.

Driving the news: More than 25,000 submissions for vanity license plates in Colorado were denied in 2021, according to records obtained by Axios Denver.

John Frank
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Why Democrats think the 2020 election debate is a political win

Voting booth on a blue background surrounded by safety cones.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Taking a page from President Biden and the national Democratic Party, Colorado legislative leaders are making the legitimacy of the 2020 election a key issue ahead of the midterms.

Driving the news: In a political power move, the Democratic-majority in the state House and Senate instigated a fight Tuesday on non-binding resolutions to "reassert the validity of the 2020 presidential election results."

Alayna Alvarez
Jan 18, 2022 - News

King Soopers strike negotiations deteriorate

Alfredo Solis, a deli manager who's worked at King Soopers the past four years. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A week after thousands of unionized King Soopers workers at nearly 80 stores across metro Denver went on strike, the two sides are even further from reaching a compromise.

What's happening: King Soopers was granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday against the union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, by a Denver judge Tuesday.

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