Connecticut AFL-CIO

 

Each year in April, we gather together for Workers Memorial Day to honor the memory of those workers who have lost their lives on the job.

On Sunday, the Connecticut AFL-CIO Health & Safety Committee will hold a memorial service to remember and honor the six workers who died in the Kleen Energy explosion ten years ago.

Support for the labor movement is the highest in nearly half a century, yet only one in 10 workers are members of unions today. How can both be true?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress."

Recent News

The Connecticut AFL-CIO, Connecticut Education Association, AFSCME Council 4, AFT Connecticut, Connecticut Employees Union Independent, CSU-AAUP, Congress of CT Community Colleges made the following statements in support of HB 5270: An Act Concerning the Right of a Public to Join or Support a Union:

Sal Luciano President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO:

President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday that includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps and Medicaid, reflecting Mr. Trump’s election-year effort to continue shrinking the federal safety net. The proposal, which is unlikely to be approved in its entirety by Congress, includes additional spending for the military, national defense and border enforcement, along with money for veterans, Mr.

Union leaders and labor rights advocates applauded the Democrat-controlled U.S. House for passing landmark legislation Thursday night that supporters have called one of the most notable efforts to expand workers' rights in several decades. "Make no mistake, this is the most significant step Congress has taken to strengthen labor laws in the United States in 85 years and a win for workers everywhere," said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, declaring the measure "the labor movement's number one legislative priority this year."

The Republican-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ended 2019 by rolling back another round of Obama-era regulations and handing down a number of pro-employer decisions. One of those rulings restricts workers from wearing union buttons and other pro-labor insignia. The Organization United for Respect at Walmart (Our Walmart) had challenged a company policy limiting the size of union buttons for employees of the retail corporation. The group seemingly had momentum on its side.

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Recently introduced legislation would provide needed protections for health care and social services workers from violence on the job. Tell Congress to support an OSHA workplace violence standard.

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