DENVER (CBS4)– Construction unions are pushing for fair wages ahead of massive projects that are slated to begin across Colorado.
The group behind Monday morning’s rally is Constructing Colorado. Their message is to hire local and offer fair wages.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Rural Hospitals Worry About Staffing As Vaccination Deadline Approaches
Members of the labor union Local 720 say they want their wages and benefits to reflect the booming construction industry.
Part of their goal is to hire local and to help train workers to become certified.READ MORE: Focus On New Moms, Pregnant Women In Colorado Naloxone Project Expansion
The Denver City Council is considering a local hiring policy for the National Western Center Project, a more than $1 billion project to give the National Western Complex and Coliseum a massive makeover.
“We’re hoping that it’s an opportunity to bring union and non-union workers to the table and have a serious conversation about how we can work together,” said Local Labor 720 business manager Anthony Trujillo.MORE NEWS: New Video Emerges Of Aurora Police Stop, Triggering Internal Investigation: 'I Was Petrified Of That Gun'
With partnerships and apprenticeships already in the works, Local 720 believes it will have no problem getting its fair share of the projects in the Denver metro area.