Connecticut AFL-CIO 2020 Legislative Agenda

The Labor Movement is the only institution that has consistently worked for more than a century to improve the lives of working men and women. By bargaining living wages and fair benefits, decreasing poverty and improving workers’ health and safety, unions have raised the floor for all workers. In so doing, Labor has worked to expand the middle class and help ensure that the economy works for everyone - not just the wealthy few.

The Connecticut AFL-CIO, its affiliates and staff will work with the members of the Connecticut General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session to advance policy solutions that create jobs by investing in transportation infrastructure, protect workers’ fundamental rights and enact a fair state budget that protects high quality public services.

INVEST IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Connecticut’s aging transportation infrastructure is in need of significant investment to transform rail, air, highway and port systems. Passing a robust plan would create tens of thousands of new jobs while spurring indirect and induced job growth, jumpstarting economic development and strengthening the state’s economy.

PROTECT WORKERS’ FREEDOM TO JOIN TOGETHER

Workers should be able to join together, free from employer harassment, interference or intimidation, to advocate for better wages and working conditions. This can be done by:

  • Clarifying Guidelines for Public Employers
    In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision, legislation to protect public employees’ rights to join and remain members of a union removes ambiguity and ensures appropriate union-member communications.

  • Protecting Workers’ Constitutional Rights
    Establishing a minimum state labor standard allowing employees to refuse to attend captive audience meetings about the employer’s opinion on religious or political matters, would allow workers the freedom make their own decisions about forming a union.

CREATE PROSPERITY FOR ALL

The state budget should invest in infrastructure and public education, expand workforce development initiatives, support high quality public services, judiciously award tax-exempt status and be funded with progressive revenue sources.

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The Connecticut AFL-CIO will also collaborate with affiliates and allies to:

  • Block attempts to undermine collective bargaining rights and weaken binding arbitration.
  • Prohibit worker misclassification efforts that enable wage theft, designate employees as independent contractors or prohibit workers from being able to form a union.
  • Enact recommendations of the Task Force on Debarment and Limitations on the Awarding of State Contracts.
  • Maintain prevailing wage rates for construction workers and codify collective bargaining agreement rates in statute.
  • Reject attempts to reduce earned unemployment benefits.
  • Defeat privatization of public services, including outsourcing to non-profits and expanding public-private partnerships.
  • Limit egregious “on-call” scheduling practices.
  • Advance measures to enhance worker health and safety.
  • Enact data privacy protections for workers.

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