Tag: Denver

Congratulations to DIA Janitors

“We’re on strike for fair wages and workloads,” said Luis Gonzalez in a statement. “We keep this place running. We put ourselves at risk every day, and we deserve to be able to put food on the table for the holidays.”

Ron Ruggiero, president of SEIU Local 105, said the tentative agreement reached after talks Saturday morning includes a win for workers on the issue of pay after “40 years of wage stagnation.”

“A huge sticking point was around wages and that was a major achievement today,” Ruggiero said. “There are also workload issues that got resolved.”

The agreement reached contains raises amounting to $4 an hour over the three years of the contract, along with workload protections and increased time off.

Striking DIA janitors return to work after tentative deal reached
The Denver Channel
Robert Garrison

Denver Air Quality – Bad

Photo taken on Saturday. Here’s what the Times has to say:

By one measure, wildfires — intensified by drought and climate change — rival transportation as the largest source of potentially deadly air pollution in California. And in recent weeks, the accumulating haze and smoke from California’s fires and high ozone levels have turned the air in Salt Lake City and Denver into some of the dirtiest in the world, more harmful than Delhi’s or Beijing’s on many recent days.

The Ashes of the Dixie Fire Cast a Pall 1,000 Miles From Its Flames
The megafires of the West are sending out giant clouds of smoke and leaving a footprint much larger than the evergreen forests they level and the towns they decimate.
Livia Albeck-Ripka, Thomas Fuller and Jack Healy
NYTIMES

Renting in Denver – Rent Going Up

Blake Kittridge has lived in Denver for 4 years. He moved into the Infinity LoHi building in the middle of the pandemic. He likes living there but recently, they told him they are raising his rent by more than $800 a month.

“I know that this is more of like a price-gouging thing,” he says. “The entire reason they are raising my rent like they are is because they believe they can get that on the market so they can push me out.”

He rents a one-bedroom apartment for $1,650 per month. His landlords just told him rent for next year is going up to $2,490 per month.

Ron Throupe, an associate professor of real estate at the University of Denver. He just completed a second-quarter study about the rental market in Denver. He says rent is up on average by $107 for the quarter.

“That’s the largest rent increase quarterly we’ve ever seen in this survey,” Throupe says.

CBS Denver
Michael Abeyta