Self-Sufficiency 2016 Coalition
Join fellow Boulder-ites to raise wages and improve benefits for all city workers, including those employed by companies with city contracts.
JOIN the movement
You have some options.
1. SIGN YOUR NAME to our growing list of supporters.
2. EMAIL or CALL CITY COUNCIL to ask for a public hearing on Living Wages.
3. ATTEND the Boulder City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd and tell the Council why people need higher wages.
4. PARTICIPATE in the Public Forum on February 10th at 5:30 p.m. Details to come, but mark your calendars now!
5. PACK CITY COUNCIL Chambers on Tuesday, February 16th to show support for Living Wages. See the agenda here: https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/2016.02.16_Agenda_Packet-1-201602111720.pdf
(Our online petition is hosted by Change.org. Coalition members who joined before the launch of the online petition will be added to the petition without their extra effort. Change.org contains an email addresses per signee. SS2016 uses the petition to reflect the number of people who support a livable wage for city employees and contractors.)
Why? These policy changes will position Boulder as a leader in the county and the state - a model for other local governments. Then we can all work together on the upcoming state initiative to repeal the law preventing localities from self-determination of minimum wages.
ON FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Boulder City Council will vote on city wages. This is an opportune moment for the city to improve the lives of several hundred employees, some who are currently earning wages as low as $8.50 per hour.
LEARN MORE about the proposed resolution at our facts page.
GET THE JIST by listening to interview with Claire Levy of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy on KGNU.
AN EARLIER ATTEMPT to raise wages in 2001 was stymied by 9/11. Over the past year and a half the Boulder Human Relations Commission along with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Boulder County have hosted well-attended forums spotlighting these low wages and outlining necessary salary and benefit improvements.
“A living wage is more a statement of the values of the City of Boulder when it contracts out services, that it will expect its contractors to pay a living wage, to pay a decent amount.” - Claire Levy, CCLP
...until the vote. Let's keep talking about the importance of self-sufficient wages. The time is now!
League of Women Voters of Boulder County
Latino Task Force of Boulder County
Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County
Boulder Coalition and Alliance on Race
El Centro Amistad
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Council and Board of Missions and Social Action of First Congregational Church of Boulder
Denver/Boulder Democratic Socialists of America
Rabbi Fred Greene
Rev. Kelly Dignan
Prof. Don Grant
Mary Ann Wilner
Jorge De Santiago
Shirly Lee White
Sarah Jane Cohen
Mary Anna Dunn
Belen Pargas Solis