Sixty-six workers at Porcelen Specrail in Hamden have been out on strike for two weeks fighting for fair wages, affordable healthcare, and basic retirement benefits.
The workers’ wages range from a low of $10.40/hour to an average of $14.30/hour, even after working there for many years. The company rejected a proposal for a 60 cent a year raise. In addition to the low pay, the company refuses to provide a modest 401(k) so the workers can begin making contributions to their retirement.
So please join these workers for a rally on Friday at 8:00 a.m.:
What: Rally with workers at Porcelen Specrail who are on strike for fair wages, affordable healthcare, and retirement benefits
When: Friday, March 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Outside Porcelen Specrail, 333 Welton St, Hamden, CT 06517
Questions: Contact Western ALF Organizer Renee Hamel at 203-451-0568
The workers, represented by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 11, are welders, aluminum fabricators, forklift drivers, and hold many other skilled jobs. They have been on strike since Monday, March 5.
Perhaps even worse than the low pay is the amount the company charges the workers for healthcare. Premiums for a family health plan eat up 33% of the lowest paid workers pay. And that does not count the $10,000 deductible for a family plan.
If you can’t make it to the rally at 8:00 a.m., there are two other ways you can help:
- Stop by the rally on Friday anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., walk the line with the workers and bring some food.
- Can’t make it to the strike line at all? Please consider donating to the IUPAT Strike Fund.
Click here for a flyer to distribute to your members.