Connecticut AFL-CIO

"The labor movement is incredibly grateful to the Representatives that voted to protect workers from employer intimidation and harassment during union organizing campaigns,” said Ed Hawthorne, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
Twelve workers at FuelCell Energy in Danbury voted this morning to join Operating Engineers Local 478, the first successful union organizing drive at this company in the country.
Imagine working as a housekeeper for a national hotel chain. You and your colleagues, anxious for better wages and a more reasonable workload, have begun the process of forming a union.

Every year on April 28, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day to remember workers killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections.

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Ed Hawthorne, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, made the following statement in response to Gov. Lamont signing Senate Bill 163: An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience into law yesterday:

John Brady is a Registered Nurse and worked at Backus Hospital (Hartford HealthCare) in Norwich when he and his co-workers decided they needed to form a union.
When Kirt and his co-workers tried to form a union, his employer hired a union-busting firm to "educate" employees with mandatory captive audience meetings.
Today, the Connecticut State Senate took an important bipartisan step forward to protect workers from employer intimidation and harassment during union organizing campaigns.

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When workers seek to form a union, many employers will force them to attend captive audience meetings where they often make threats and harass workers to vote no.