Unions in the Connecticut AFL-CIO and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) are organizing this event as part of coordinated day of action to resist anti-collective bargaining legislation. The rally is designed to send a loud, clear message to Republican state lawmakers that their attacks on unions are an attack on a voice for all working people.
The rally will be followed by a march of participants back into the Legislative Office Building (LOB), which is across the street from the park.
The General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee is holding a public hearing, beginning at 10:30AM, on numerous proposals that would strip working people of their rights on the job.
Bills on the budget-writing committee’s agenda would:
- Kill binding arbitration awards and agreements (SB 158, SB 268, HB 5013);
- Destroy retirement security for state employees (HB 5695, HB 5696, HB 5780);
- Force state employees to pay higher benefit co-pays and fees (SB 348, SB 578); &
- Forbid retirement and healthcare benefit negotiations for all public employees (SB 368).
Click here for the public hearing's complete agenda.
The rally is one of several events taking place at the LOB during the hearing, including a press conference at 11:30AM organized by social justice, civil rights, faith and labor advocates in the D.U.E. (Democracy, Unity and Equality) Justice coalition.