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King Soopers Makes Another Offer To Union Amid Strike Talks

DENVER (CBS4) – Negotiations between King Soopers and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 7 resumed on Saturday. The union was prepared to strike after their vote to strike passed earlier this month.

King Soopers’ current offer invests $117.5 million in wages, healthcare and pension benefits over a three-year term.

For a full-time checker with 4 years of service, that means:
• Current wage $18.41 an hour
• 2019 +.35 cents = $18.76
• 2020 +.35 cents = $19.11
• 2021 +.35 cents = $19.46

King Soopers/City Market’s offer also includes incremental contributions for healthcare and pension:
• Plus Healthcare at $3.98 per hour = $23.44
• Plus Pension at $1.60 per hour = $25.04

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“We have offered a contract that respects our associates by significantly investing in their total compensation and seeks zero concessions,” said Dennis Gibson, president of King Soopers and City Market.

The union posted on their Facebook page saying the most recent offer fails to address basic concerns of workers.

The union represents about 12,000 King Soopers and City Market employees. Both parties have been trying to agree on a new union contract since December.

Robotics Competition Helps Students Build Skills And Team Spirit

DENVER (CBS4) — The fans in the stand, the school spirit, the mascots —  it’s not a basketball tournament happening at DU, it’s the Colorado First Robotics Regional Competition! High school teams build robots that can move, lift, and perform other tasks. Then they compete against each other to see which one can do it the best. Competitor Cody Kuptz says, “This is the first day of the qualifying matches tomorrow we finish up the qualifying matches but most of the day is playoffs.”

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Cody is on the Cherry Creek High School team. He says he has always had a mechanical mind but he’s learned a lot more about engineering and science ever since he joined the team.  “I and the other mechanical teams build the robot and you get to collaborate with your teammates and then even in the competition you’re collaborating with other teams and alliances,” he says.

Everyone here is interested in learning and creating a better world through science — and even if you don’t have any experience with robotics Cody thinks you should explore and learn just like he did.

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He says, “It’s really just a great opportunity for everybody and I highly encourage everybody to do it.”

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4 Fun Things To Do This Weekend

DENVER (CBS4) – Start Spring by filling up your To Do list with home improvement projects  or check out the latest fashion, here are 4 fun things to do this weekend.

Larry Cole from Conifer sent in this photo taken at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 10.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Today you can check out the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street for free, just in time for spring!

Roam around the grounds and soak in the natural beauty. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Denver Home Show

Get inspired to move forward with your home projects at the Denver Home Show. Head to the National Western Complex today through Sunday to shop, compare, and save with nearly 400 home experts under one roof.

Tickets are $9 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

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Denver March Powwow

The 45th Annual Denver March Powwow returns to the Denver Coliseum. Today through Sunday, Native Americans will honor their ancestors and celebrate traditions.

Tickets are $7 for adults. Kids 6 and under are free.

Denver Fashion Week (credit 303 Magazine)

Denver Fashion Week

Denver Fashion Week kicks off this weekend. The fashion showcase features local designers and the latest in today’s style trends.

There’s a schedule full of events for all ages.

‘Excited To Have Our Own Home’: Habitat For Humanity Breaks Ground On New Neighborhood

DENVER (CBS4) – Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its newest development in the Elyria Swansea neighborhood Thursday to providing more affordable homes to residents looking for a permanent spot in the community.

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“We have lived here really for 11 years and we’re really excited to have our own home here now,” said Araceli Guerrero Ramos, through a translator.

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Ramos is the mother of three with her husband and they have always wanted to live in the same area, the Globeville and Elyria Swansea neighborhoods. Her children already are familiar with the community and they do not want to make them move. She will be one of the first to move into the new development of 32 homes.

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“Knowing that my family is going to participate in the construction of our own home is extremely exciting and our kids are excited to have their own rooms,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity has already repaired 200 existing homes, built 28 new homes, and renovated 12 other houses in those neighborhoods. The property for this development was previously owned by the Denver Housing Authority, Habitat was able to take over the site with a forgivable loan from the City and County of Denver.

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“People who work hard, who are proud of their homes and who care about their community,” said Heather Lafferty, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

Ramos and other homeowners in the development are committing to 200 hours to help build their own home and others. They will eventually buy their house with the help of an affordable mortgage.

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“My kids get to stay here, we don’t have to move to another place, we have connections here, we have friends, family and we get to stay in our own community,” she said. “I’m just really, really excited to have a home.”

‘Toxic’ Climate At The Capitol: Democrats And Republicans Spar Over Oil & Gas Regulations

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado State Senate has gone from decorum to dysfunction these days, with yelling, name calling and stalling tactics.

“The climate is a little toxic right now,” says Democratic leader Sen. Steve Fenberg. That toxicity escalated when Republicans got a court order forcing Democrats to read every bill in its entirety — twice. Their goal is to force Democrats to compromise on a bill overhauling oil and gas regulations.

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“Our intention is to slow down the process enough that the majority will say they have so many things they want to accomplish, what do we have to negotiate on, what do we have to compromise on in these few bills, in order to keep the process moving,” says Republican leader Sen. Chris Holbert. He says he wants Democrats to amend the oil and gas bill to allow people to petition to stop it from taking effect.

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Fenberg says he already introduced the amendment and it failed.

“Instead of saying ‘Okay, that’s the democratic process, I appreciate and respect the democratic process,’ they throw a tantrum. And I would say, in this particular instance, it’s not just a tantrum, it’s an overt threat and that’s not how we do things here. We shouldn’t have a system where if you don’t get your way you just threaten the other party until they say yes. That is what I’m not willing to do.”

Holbert says passing a controversial bill like oil and gas out of three committees in a week is also not how things are done, “I’ve been around 16 years… I’ve not seen partisan bills pushed through that quickly.”

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In the end, Fenberg says, it’s not just the oil and gas bill that could be impacted, “The impact is bills will die because there’s not enough time for them to pass before May 3. The impact could be that a state budget doesn’t get approved by the time we have to be constitutionally done with the session. That will have real impacts on people’s lives, not just some people, everybody’s life… That is using rules to obstruct and to stop the business of the democratic process and I think that’s wrong. I think voters would agree that’s wrong and I think the majority of people would say that’s childish and I would agree with that.”

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The budget bill alone is 600 pages. The legislative session ends May 3 unless the governor calls a special session.

Denver Launching New Storytelling Campaign To Preserve City Hos

DENVER (CBS4) – The city of Denver is launching a new campaign to capture the stories of people who live here.

It’s called “I am Denver,” and it’s aimed at preserving the history of the city. Residents can share pictures and videos to social media using the hashtag #IAmDenver.

“A big part of it is culture preservation,” Rowena Alegria, Denver’s Chief Storyteller said. “This city is changing. We can’t let something so special be forgotten.”

The city will also be hosting events where residents can show up to talk on camera about their memories of Denver.

Howard Schultz Visits Denver Ahead Of Possible White House Run

DENVER (CBS4) – Former Starbucks CEO and possible presidential candidate Howard Schultz paid Colorado a visit on Thursday. Schultz spoke at a town hall hosted by Unite America and the Denver Chamber of Commerce.

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He has been considering a run at the White House as an independent. He spoke Thursday about the importance of capitalism and his time at Starbucks.

“Capitalism has created more opportunity, has taken more people out of poverty, has created more jobs, and without question is the best economic system in the world,” Schultz said.

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He also attended an afternoon event in Boulder. He’s expected to tour the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on Friday.

New Bill Will Try To Help Slow Youth Suicide In Colorado

DENVER (CBS4) – A bill introduced to lawmakers aims to help curb youth suicide in Colorado.

It would create a mental health system that would work with local agencies, schools, and medical professionals. The goal is to have access available to mental health and behavioral resources for kids and families who need them.

The bill has a price tag reaching over a million dollars, but one of its sponsors says in the long run, the state will save money.

“It’s going to cost up front because up front is when we are going to be doing our analysis,” State Senator Rhonda Fields, a Democrat from Aurora, said. “But over the course of time we’re going to be saving money and we’re going to be saving lives and we are going to be helping families.”

State Sen Rhonda Fields (D, Aurora) (credit: CBS)

According to the bill’s sponsors, states that have adopted similar legislation have saved tens of thousands of dollars.