In 2016, UNE joined a coalition of nonprofits, labor unions, national partners and affiliates, think tanks, legislators and community members, to PASS a measure to increase the minimum wage in Colorado from $8.31 to $12 by 2020! This is the first increase to the minimum wage in 10 years! Amendment 70 is going to make a difference in the lives of 480,000 Colorado workers! The wage increase will help working people pay their bills on time, put food on their table, raise their kids, and pay for their ever increasing housing costs.

Beginning in 2006, UNE partnered with El Centro Humanitario and Rights for All People to support workers in taking direct action to recover their wages, while also pushing policy change strategies at the municipal and state levels. UNE convened the wage theft task force, made up of state officials, local advocates and wage theft victims to generate solutions.  Galvanized by supports from the task force in 2012, UNE convened a coalition of organizational partners to push wage theft legislation at the state house. The coalition successfully advocated for the 2014 passage of the Wage Protection Act, which allowed the state of Colorado to hire 17 wage claim investigators, who received over 4,000 complaints in the first half of 2017, resulting in the payment of over $793,000 in back wages to workers and over $1 million in penalties.

Built Stop Arvada Walmart coalition from 10 to 450 members who openly engaged elected officials in numerous ways about their opposition to Walmart’s development of the Arvada Triangle. Obtained thousands of signatures of registered voters who agreed that the citizens should have the right to decide where taxpayer money goes and recruited and ran a community member for City Council.

RTD sets targeted hire goals for construction jobs on 225 light rail line

  • 2012 Kiewit, the builder of the redevelopment of Denver Union Station, was awarded a contract with RTD to complete the 225 rail line. Kiewit’s bid included targeted hire goals supported by FRESC that provide employment opportunities for low-income residents.

Denver region awarded federal grant to engage low income communities and communities of color in planning

  • 2011 In partnership with over 50 local governments and nonprofit supporters, the Denver Regional Council of Governments is awarded $4.7Million from HUD for regional planning that dedicates nearly 1/5 of its budget to community outreach focused on engaging low income communities and communities of color in planning processes.  FRESC is the lead partner for community engagement effort and puts 3 community organizers on the ground in Denver’s expanding rail corridors to ensure that the voices of those most impacted by the transit expansion will influence planning.

FRESC builds a diverse coalition of environmental advocacy groups and trades unions called the Apollo Alliance that support the governor in passing his signature piece of legislation to create a statewide renewable energy standard while also protecting job standards in the green jobs industry.

RTD gains joint redevelopment authority and adopts affordable housing policy

  • 2010 FRESC identifies the need for policy changes at the state and regional levels to allow the Regional Transportation District (RTD) the ability to create joint developments that include affordable housing near transit stations.  FRESC publishes a joint report with Enterprise Community Partners documenting best practices in joint development and helps to pass both state legislation allowing for the practice and an RTD policy creating joint development.

FRESC trains and organizes residents in the La Alma neighborhood who participate in and successfully achieve the demands of public housing residents in the Mariposa public housing redevelopment. Resident priorities were identified by the Healthy Development Measurement Tool that Denver Housing Authority now uses for all of its redevelopment projects. Read more..

Redevelopment at Denver Union Station includes community benefits

  • 2009 FRESC provides leadership and technical expertise that advances construction and service sector careers, small business development and sustainability in the redevelopment plan for Denver Union Station.

After a relentless public education campaign, FRESC organizes the “final four” days preceding the election with community and labor organizations.  The combined effort contacts over 71,000 individual voters and results in the successful defeat of 3 anti-labor ballot initiatives.

FRESC builds a coalition to pressure Denver City Council & Denver Urban Renewal Authority to demand community benefits including high-quality jobs, affordable housing, and environmental cleanup in order for the developer, Cherokee, to receive Denver-funded tax subsidies totaling $15Million.  The campaign creates a new dialogue and changes the way the city defines what benefits a community.

Colorado voters pass minimum wage

  • 2006 FRESC partners with labor unions and other advocates to educate the electorate and get out the vote, resulting in the first increase to minimum wage in Colorado since 1998.