Connecticut AFL-CIO

 

Today, the state’s education unions and the Connecticut AFL-CIO stood shoulder-to-shoulder with undocumented immigrant students to unite behind two bills – Senate Bill 17 and House Bill 7000.
Economists from the non-partisan Center for Public Policy and Social Research released a report on Wednesday on Connecticut’s business tax advantages, economic strengths, and quality of life perceptions.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a major address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2017. He assessed opportunities around trade and infrastructure that could create jobs, as well as possible threats to workers' rights. President Trumka spoke about the labor movement's strategy to create a unifying agenda for working families, and the importance it places on ensuring that all workers have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.
The Connecticut AFL-CIO, the federation of unions representing over 220,000 union members, endorses Joshua Hall in the special election for the 7th House District that covers Hartford.

Recent News

Donald J. Trump made coal miners a central metaphor of his presidential campaign, promising to “put our miners back to work” and look after their interests in a way that the Obama administration did not. Now, three months into his presidency, comes a test of that promise.

Unless Congress intervenes by late April, government-funded health benefits will abruptly lapse for more than 20,000 retired miners, concentrated in Trump states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Many of the miners have serious health problems arising from their years in the mines.

Undocumented workers are refusing to cooperate with U.S. Department of Labor investigations due to deportation fears, in some cases even declining to accept back wages owed to them and running away from staff who show up at their workplace, according to agency employees and internal emails.

Read the full article in The Guardian.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called President Trump's first proposed budget "dangerous and destructive" Thursday. The leader of the nation's largest labor federation said Trump's budget plan, which would shift $54 billion from various agencies to boost defense spending, would undercut the president's claims that he wants to help working families.

RoseAnn DeMoro, president of National Nurses United, says President Trump has abandoned his campaign promises and that the "false promise of health savings accounts, which, without any effective constraints on corporate healthcare price gouging, primarily benefit the banking industry and higher income people, not those who can not afford to buy insurance now."

Read the full article on The Hill.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau safeguards Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders.

Some Wall Street billionaires are paying less in taxes than teachers, nurses and other working people. It's time for Congress to end this unfair tax loophole.