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The Dilemma of Defunding & Solutions for A Recovery For All.

The Dilemma of Defunding & Solutions for A Recovery For All.

April 9, 2021

Connecticut is well situated to make genuine progress in addressing its core economic problems by investing in public services, however that has not been the case since the Great Recession. Jennifer Klein, Yale History Professor, and Shahrzad Habibi, In The Public Interest Research and Policy Director, join us to discuss their report “Austerity Versus Reinvestment.” Ed Hawthorne, Vice President of AFSCME Local 269, also shares how disinvestment has hurt the CT Department of Labor in helping unemployed residents impacted by the pandemic.

 

Click here to read the “Austerity Versus Reinvestment” report

Click here to learn more about the Rally For A Fully Funded DOL on Saturday, April 17.

Talking Inequality

Talking Inequality

February 1, 2021

Connecticut is plagued by the inter-related problems of wealth inequality and a regressive tax structure. COVID-19 has made it all worse. Emily Byrne, the Executive Director of CT Voices, addresses these issues and provides useful policy prescriptions.

Election Wrap-Up and Worker Agenda For 2021

Election Wrap-Up and Worker Agenda For 2021

November 25, 2020

In this two-part series, we discuss the statewide election and worker-focused policy priorities for the next legislative session. Our guests include two new legislators, State Representatives-Elect Kate Farrar (West Hartford) and Mike DiGiovancarlo (Waterbury), as well as Council 4 Political and Legislative Coordinators, Brian Anderson and Zak Leavy.

Engaging Voters In The Pandemic

Engaging Voters In The Pandemic

October 20, 2020

Election day is almost here and COVID-19 has changed the voting landscape. Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Local 2663 member and New Haven Alderperson Jeanette Morrison join us to talk about how they're working to engage voters ahead of Nov. 3.

Safe Schools in the Age of COVID-19

Safe Schools in the Age of COVID-19

September 22, 2020
On this episode, we explore the challenges of safely reopening our public schools during COVID-19. Our guests are on the frontline of representing school employees: Council 4 Secretary Stacie Harris-Byrdsong of AFSCME Local 3194 (Capitol Region Education Council); Dan McGinley of AFSCME Local 1303-087 (Putnam Custodians); and Council 4 Staff Representative Tricia Santos.
#SaveThe600

#SaveThe600

August 19, 2020

Michele Evermore of the National Employment Law Project and Xavier Gordon of AFSCME Local 269 (representing the CT Department of Labor) join us to discuss the struggles facing unemployed workers and the political fight over unemployment insurance benefits.

Fund the Front Lines

Fund the Front Lines

June 11, 2020

Congressman Joe Courtney from CT’s 2nd District joins us to talk about the impact of the pandemic, and the need for a robust federal aid package to support our state, cities and towns. 

Be Counted!

Be Counted!

May 14, 2020

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and Local 3144 President Harold Brooks, who co-chairs our union's Civil Rights Committee, join us to talk about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. 

Workers Memorial Day and COVID-19

Workers Memorial Day and COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Steve Schrag and Mike Fitts of the CT Council on Occupational Safety and Health join us on Workers Memorial Day (April 28) to talk about the continuing struggle to protect workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Journalists Join The Union.

Journalists Join The Union.

March 9, 2020

Hartford Courant reporter Rebecca Lurye shares her perspective as a journalist covering the city of Hartford and as unit chair of the Hartford Courant News Guild, the newly formed union at Connecticut's oldest paper. We did this interview right before COVID-19, so the supporting the cause of local journalism has become more important than ever. In addition to listening and sharing this, please sign the News Guild's online petition, "Save Our Courant." 

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