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Celebrate International Workers Day – Friday May 1st

4:30 Music and Rally on the New Haven Green at Temple and Chapel Streets
Join hundreds for Immigration Reform, Safe Jobs with Fair Wages Worldwide, and Peace!

5:30 March to protest wage theft and demand stronger legislation that will create incentives for employers to provide fair wages.

The event is endorsed by the Connecticut AFL-CIO, AFT-CT, Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, Carpenters Local 24, CWA, Colombia Action CT, Junta for Progressive Action, Mexico Solidarity Committee, New Haven Labor Council, New Haven Peace Council, New Haven Peoples Center, New Haven Rising, SEIU 32 BJ, UE Northeast Region, UE Locals 243 and 222, Unidad Latina en Accion,UNITE/HERE Unions at Yale, Connecticut Working Families. The list is in formation.

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Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, made the following statement in response to the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority in the U.S. Senate on Friday, April 17, 2015:

"Workers across Connecticut are standing up for higher wages but Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services. Connecticut can ill afford another bad deal that lowers wages and outsources jobs. That’s why Congress must reject Fast Track and maintain its constitutional authority and leverage to improve the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals."

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I am a graduate student at the University of Connecticut. I applied to graduate school because I wanted to become an expert in my field, archaeology. I chose UConn because the Anthropology Department is full of world renowned scholars who are well suited to guide my academic progress. I was fortunate enough to be offered a tuition waiver and employment as a teaching assistant when I entered the Anthropology Department’s PhD program in 2008. Like other graduate students, I am now the primary instructor of individual courses while working on my own research. Read more >>>

Despite the value of our work as graduate assistants (GAs), the University of Connecticut has blocked our efforts to negotiate health benefits on par with other state employees. Having cut and mismanaged our healthcare, they now refuse to sit down with us to look for a better solution. Read more >>>

For UConn graduate assistants (GAs), the approaching one-year anniversary of the recognition of our union causes both celebration and frustration. We celebrate our continued work to improve the university for students and employees but we are frustrated by our lack of a fair first contract. Read more >>>

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and pay fair wages and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all. Read more >>>


While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>

Working CT is the newest addition to the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s digital platform. On here, we will blog about elections, the legislative session, organizing drives, and issues important to workers across our great state.

www.workingct.com

Friends of the Feathered

As part of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) Work Boots on the Ground project, New Jersey union members built and painted 52 pheasant and 10 quail transport boxes to support the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which raises and releases some 50,000 pheasants and 11,000 quail annually across the state. Read the full article>>>

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Postal Workers’ boycott of the office supply giant Staples over the U.S. Postal Service’s privatization of retail operations by contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees. Read more >>>

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