Connecticut AFL-CIO

 

Kevin Lembo is exactly the kind of elected official our state and our nation needs – someone who is smart, hard-working, kind, and always working with the utmost integrity. His resignation is a major loss for Connecticut.

World-famous rock artist Tom Morello (AFM) is known for his decades of performing music that cries out for justice.

Last week marked the start of the second month that group home workers at Surnise have been on strike for a living wage, affordable healthcare, and a secure retirement.

Comedian and host John Oliver hilariously exposed union-busting employers on Sunday’s edition of his show, “Last Week Tonight.”

Recent News

When Liz Shuler rides on an airplane, she often has an experience that will be familiar to most travelers: Her seat mate asks, "What do you do?"

Five years ago, after saying she worked for a labor union, Shuler said, most people would put their noses back in their books. Today, she's met with reactions like "awesome" and "amazing." 

Council 4 Unplugged co-hosts Renee Hamel and Larry Dorman visit with the newly elected Connecticut AFL-CIO leaders, President Ed Hawthorne and Executive Vice President Shellye Davis.

NYT: How did you get your start in the labor movement?

Liz Shuler: I came up through the IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers]. My father was a union member and worked for PGE [an Oregon utility]. Clerical workers were not in a union, and my mother and I were organizing them. PGE was a study in the difference a union can make: Power linemen were respected and made good wages, and nonunion clerical workers were not listened to and didn’t have a voice.

Delegates to the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s fourteenth biennial Constitutional Convention unanimously elected Ed Hawthorne (AFSCME) as President and Shellye Davis (AFT) as Executive Vice President today.

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Companies that ship jobs out of our state should not be eligible for state grants, loans, and tax benefits. Tell your legislators to help make sure good jobs stay in our communities.