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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.
Although it was after ten o'clock last night by the time the legislature' Education Committee heard public testimony on a bill to help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults, CEA members and staff made sure they were present to testify so that legislators could hear their stories.
Its a busy day at the legislatures Education Committee, with senate and house members hearing from the public on bills that cover a range of topics from remedial reading instruction to virtual learning to Education Savings Accounts.
The Oklahoma Education Association announced on Tuesday night that schools would shut down across the state if the state legislature does not pass a $10,000 pay raise for teachers and increased funding for schools by April 23.
Thank you to all of you who sent messages of support to our West Virginia colleagues. They have stood in solidarity and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and dignity.
In one of the city's largest public forums—with a crowd of over 200—more than 60
Shelton teachers shared their concerns and ideas regarding school safety with colleagues, administrators,
and community members.
Raising the state sales and gas taxes, eliminating the estate and gift taxes, selectively raising
business taxes, eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, and reforming the Teachers' Retirement
System are just a few of the recommendations released today by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and
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.
February 26 marked the kick off of the Connecticut Education Foundation's 2018 Read Across America
Reading Bus Tour, featuring a 38-foot bus decorated with characters from popular Dr. Seuss books and
outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and 3,000 donated books.
CEA joined with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) in a press conference at East Hartford High School demanding meaningful legislative action on school safety.
The State Board of Education today listened to teachers' concerns about fairness in education funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost the state $627,000.
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of fairness and the state's future generations, the governor's new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.
While Governor Malloy's message in his address to the General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of
fairness and concern for future generations, his budget proposal is anything but fair for Connecticut's students
and public schools.
Kim Sweeney is the winner of a nine-day NEA Adventures prize package summer vacation to Costa Rica. The trip—the grand prize in CEA Member Benefits' first-ever "Explore & Score" eight-week sweepstakes—includes meals, hotel accommodations, and tours of a cloud forest, hot springs, and volcano.
A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on&mdsah;the TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.
Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents by shutting them out of a public meeting.
State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court's attempt to create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.