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This is an effort to violate the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American and the labor movement will not stand for it. Not today. Not ever.
President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Dr. Miguel Cardona to lead the Department of Education is a sorely needed transition away from the backward values and atrocious record of Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The new national campaign, entitled #ShopSmart, will target American grocery shoppers and is in response to the growing number of food and grocery workers who are becoming exposed to the coronavirus.
Members of SMART are collaborating with union contractors to produce and donate metal nose strips for the millions of masks being made by volunteer groups across the country.
On Friday, UFCW Local 371 sent a letter to Gov. Lamont urging the administration to issue guidance on how grocery store and other essential workers can access state funded childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Washington, D.C., March 30, 2020) —The AFL-CIO calls on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to resume the conduct of union elections, election-related hearings and unfair labor practice proceedings as soon as possible, consistent with public health. The NLRB suspension of operations destroys a vital resource for workers’ rights at an unprecedented time in history when it is needed most.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weakening its written guidance protections for health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak:

The CDC weakening its protection guidelines in the face of a pandemic is unconscionable. America’s health care workers have shown true courage by tirelessly working the frontlines during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. These workers are among the most at risk of contracting the virus and if they are not properly protected, the effects could be devastating.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer rule:

This rule will allow companies to manipulate the system to limit working people’s freedom to negotiate for fair wages and benefits by hiring contractors to serve as a shield between the companies and their obligations to employees. It is a step backward in modernizing our outdated labor laws, by empowering corporations and special interests instead of supporting rules that will level the playing field and reflect the true nature of today’s economy.

The Connecticut AFL-CIO, Connecticut Education Association, AFSCME Council 4, AFT Connecticut, Connecticut Employees Union Independent, CSU-AAUP, Congress of CT Community Colleges made the following statements in support of HB 5270: An Act Concerning the Right of a Public to Join or Support a Union:

Sal Luciano President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO:

On Sunday, the Connecticut AFL-CIO Health & Safety Committee will hold a memorial service to remember and honor the six workers who died in the Kleen Energy explosion ten years ago. The remembrance will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the memorial just outside the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown.

On February 7, 2010, the Kleen Energy power plant exploded in Middletown at 11:17 a.m. The initial blast killed five workers and injured dozens more. One additional worker later died from his injuries. Some of the families of the deceased workers will attend the ceremony.