Press Room

"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.
Today, the Connecticut State Senate took an important bipartisan step forward to protect workers from employer intimidation and harassment during union organizing campaigns.

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:

Today’s historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court ushers in a new era for our country, and we congratulate her on this extraordinary achievement.

Ed Hawthorne, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, made the following statement in response to the Judiciary Committee passing Senate Bill 163, An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience:

Well trained, well equipped and fairly paid paraeducators can be a stable force for students, providing additional support and reinforced instruction to curb and reclaim COVID learning losses.
Today, UFCW announced the launch of their workforce development programs in Connecticut for the state’s newly emerging cannabis market.

Shellye Davis, Executive Vice President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and a longtime paraeducator in Hartford Public Schools, made the following statement in response to Labor Committee’s proposal on pandemic hazard pay for essential workers:

Workers seeking to form a union at McDonald’s, Glanbia Nutritionals, and other employers across Connecticut urged legislators to pass a bill that would protect them from anti-union captive audience meetings held by their employers.

When working people attempt to organize a union at their workplace, they are frequently subjected to captive audience meetings.

From providing pandemic pay to essential workers to protecting workers seeking to join together in union, this legislation is a game changer.