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CEA, Union Leaders, Legislators Fight for Freedoms and Rights of the Middle Class
CEA President Sheila Cohen joined labor leaders from across the state and legislators at a rally today in
Hartford as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus vs. AFSCME.
February 26, 2018
"Stand up. Rise up. Lift up. No justice, no peace."
That was the rallying cry of more than 350 union workers on the steps of the Connecticut Supreme Court in
Hartford today. CEA leaders were joined by labor leaders from across the state and legislators in speaking out
to protect the rights and freedom of workers to negotiate together and fight for decent and equitable pay,
affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities.
Workers held simultaneous rallies in three other cities across Connecticut—New Haven, Stamford, and
Storrs—as oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Janus vs. AFSCME case which threatens
to take away worker's collective rights and freedoms of the middle class.
"Janus is an attack on all working people, on our teachers, on our children, on our students, on our caregivers,
and skilled labor," said CEA President Sheila Cohen. "There would be no middle class without the unions, and
make no mistake about it, the Janus case is not only an attack on unions it is an attack on the middle class.
And when we are attacked, we stand together. We stand together strong and we fight back."
"We are here as union members to make things better," said AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier. "It's up to us now
so we are taking this fight to the streets whether in Hartford, Stamford, New Haven or UConn today to make sure
the people across the street at the State Capitol and all across Connecticut understand that we will not sit
idly by while corporate America tries to beat us down."
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, Rep. Matt Ritter, Rep. Mike D'Agostino, and Rep. Matt Lesser told the crowd to
keep up the fight and that no matter what happens with Janus, they support middle class workers.
More than 350 union workers joined the rally in Hartford on the steps of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
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"Everywhere we turn, our values are under attack," said Aresimowicz. "Now more than ever we need to collectively
He quoted his colleague Rep. Matt Ritter, who said on the house floor that "collective bargaining is a part of
the fabric of the state of Connecticut and that's not going to change anytime soon."
"Collective bargaining lifts people up," said Ritter. "Be heard, stand up, be loud, be visible, and be seen. Be
here all the way to November and together we will work on lifting everyone up, not just bringing everyone down."
"Janus is a battle in a much larger war," said Rep. D'Agostino, who held up a bill he said republicans
introduced to reduce the cost of labor in Connecticut. He said the bill is funded by those who support the Janus
case with a goal of making Connecticut the next Wisconsin.
"No matter what happens with Janus, we are going to have your back," said Lesser.
"We owe thanks to our state workers and our middle class. Thank you for everything you doâ€¦ teaching our
children, for protecting us, for fixing and repairing our roads, and caring for our sick," said D'Agostino.
Richard Grimes, a member of Fight for $15, said hard-working union members will be hurt by the Janus case.
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Several workers spoke out against attacks on unions and the importance of standing together and fighting for
what is fair.
"Being in my union is important because there are those who want to destroy our collective power and make it
harder for workers to get ahead," said Jose Fuentes, an SEIU 1199NE member and employee at the Department of
Children and Families.
"Every single hard-working union member will be hurt by Janus and we can't let that happen," said 22-year-old
Richard Grimes, a member of the Fight for $15 who works at Burger King. "Unions have worked well for decades and
are the best thing that ever happened in the United States of America."
"Keep up the fight," said D'Agostino. "Organize, organize, organize, and get out and vote in November. This is a
battle in a larger war we can and must win."
Unions participating in today's rallies across the state include: Connecticut AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 4, AFT
Connecticut, SEIU CT State Council, CT Education Association, 1199 SEIU, CT Employee Union Independent,
CSU-AAUP, UConn-AAUP, 32BJ SEIU, Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, UAW Region 9A, UNITE HERE, Western
Connecticut Area Labor Federation, Eastern Connecticut Area Labor Federation, CSEA Local 2001, Working Families,
United Food & Commercial Workers, Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association, Connecticut State Building &
Construction Trades Council.
Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard.
Speaking to hundreds of students at Harding High School in Bridgeport today, Governor Ned Lamont encouraged his audience to pursue a career in teaching and be role models for the next generation of students.
Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community they serve when they packed a March 7 Waterbury Board of Education meeting.
Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature's Education Committee heard public input.
"Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history," Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature's Education Committee
"Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids," says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. "It's the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we're involved with the union we can do more to help one another."
Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour kicked off on February 25, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.
At a public hearing of the legislature's Education Committee today, classroom teachers—along with CEA leaders and staff—gave powerful testimony urging lawmakers to address the crisis of violent student behavior in rural, urban, and suburban schools throughout the state.
Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified before the Connecticut General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session. These issues included school climate, classroom safety, the persistent shortage of ethnic minority educators, and funding for public schools.
CEA supports sensible ways of assisting the state in its efforts to make up for decades of underfunding teachers' retirement, including the governor and treasurer's plan to smooth out the state's payments to the fund over a longer period of time and lower the investment earning assumption to a more realistic rate.
"We reject the idea of cutting our way to prosperity. That has never worked," said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano. His remarks came at a press conference yesterday where members of the labor community, including CEA, called on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.
Project Oceanology and New England Science and Sailing are partnering to offer "Sound Education: Working with NGSS and STEM in Long Island Sound". This is a FREE two-day PD event from April 5 - April 6 for teachers in grades 4-12, with overnight accommodations provided in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel.
Legislation passed late in 2015 made many "tax extenders" semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year.
Marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It's likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.