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Feel like a political football?

by Larry Dorman on November 1st

This fall, public service workers have been used like a political football.

Some candidates are willing to toss public service workers around — and threaten our jobs, our healthcare, our pensions and the services we provide — if they think it will help them score points.

Take Tom Foley’s campaign for Governor, for example.

Foley suggested voiding union contracts. He said: “Declaring a fiscal emergency allows a governor to no longer be bound by the union contracts.” Really.


Who do you trust to make healthcare affordable?

by Matt O'Connor on October 26th

Insurance companies continue to post record profit — but some politicians have the gall to suggest that it’s public service workers (not big insurance CEOs) who are making the health care system expensive.

Candidate for governor Tom Foley even claims that he can lower the cost of healthcare by 15%. Sound too good to be true? It is.

There’s no doubt, healthcare is too expensive. But let’s be clear: it’s public service workers who have supported real plans to lower costs. Tom Foley’s only plan is to reduce coverage.

But Tom Foley has a bigger megaphone than we do — that’s why we need you: spread the real truth about how to lower healthcare costs.

Click here to share the truth. (more…)

A fleet of golden parachutes? Myth Busted.

by Eric Bailey on October 4th

Here’s another myth you might have heard before: public service workers get enormous pensions, and it’s bankrupting the state.

If you guessed that this one’s false too, you’re right again. But this myth is especially dangerous, because lame-duck Governor Rell is using it to push a package of destructive changes to public service workers’ pensions, including switching to a risky 401k-style plan.

So let’s break down this dangerous fairytale. There’s a lot to know, so buckle up. Here are the three big myths. (more…)

Cecilia Lynch

September 24th

“I’ve always liked watching kids grow up,” reflects Cecilia Lynch, who has spent nearly nine years working for the state as a Youth Service Officer at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) in Middletown. CJTS is the state’s only secure facility for nearly 200 adjudicated boys aged 12-17.

Lynch is a member of AFSCME 2663 and sits on the union executive board and helps represent the 200 AFSCME members who work at CJTS, which has a school, medical facilities, a basketball court and a cafeteria – all part of a plan to create a sense of community for the boys.

Tina James

September 24th

Tina James had a good paying job in the private sector for 15 years. She had seniority as a healthcare worker, she was good at her job and she liked it. But she had a difficult decision to make. Her husband was self-employed and she had two children, one a disabled child. If her husband got sick, her healthcare benefits would not cover her family. So she made a really difficult choice. She left her job for a position with the State of Connecticut as a custodian at UConn Storrs. She took a pay cut to ensure that her family had the coverage it needed. Does she regret that decision?

Are Public Service workers overpaid? Myth Busted.

by Matt O'Connor on September 23rd

It’s a common refrain, especially around election season. Politicians looking for something to run against often find overpaid public employees in the cross-hairs. According to Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley: “compensation for state workers has caught up to or exceeded those of the private sector… – we simply can’t afford to keep doing what we’re doing.”

But is it true? Are public service workers really overpaid?

It’s not. (more…)

Sheila Hall

September 21st

Sheila HallSheila Hall is the wife of Ken Hall, a Connecticut State Trooper killed in the line of duty in 2010.

Connecticut State Trooper First Class Kenneth Ray Hall, 57, of Hartford, beloved husband of Sheila Lorraine (Ramsey) Hall, died in the line of duty on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 15, 1953, son of Rosa Lee (Murray) Hall of Willingboro, New Jersey and the late Curly B. Hall, he was raised in Alabama and New Jersey and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro, New Jersey. (more…)

Mike Lucas, Jr.

September 21st

Mike Lucas, Jr.Nearly 70 years after joining the military, Mike Lucas, Jr. is still demonstrating his commitment to service through his advocacy on behalf of fellow retired public workers and their families.

“We’ve still got to look out for each other,” Lucas said when asked about his continuing union activism two decades after he retired from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “I learned that lesson when I was just a kid fighting in the fields of France.” (more…)