Who we are

InThisTogetherCT.org is a campaign of thousands of people who believe that — when it comes to getting through this recession — we’re in this together.

We believe that our state’s public services are vital to our state’s standard of living. We depend on those public services every day to educate our children, to keep our neighborhoods safe, to care for the most vulnerable — like the elderly and young children — and to maintain the roads, bridges, tunnels and trains that allow us to get around.

In this tough economy, most families are having a harder time than ever. In a recession when people are depending on these vital services more than ever, cuts to these programs could prove to be devastating.

We’re thousands of public service workers, tax payers, service recpients and concerned citizened. You can join us by signing the petition in the right column.

Here are some of the individuals who are part of the campaign:

Cecilia Lynch

“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.

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Tina James

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?

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Sheila Hall

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.

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Mike Lucas, Jr.

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.”

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Bernie Vignali, Occupational Safety Consultant

Bernie Vignali, Occupational Safety Consultant

Bernie Vignali, Occupational Safety Consultant

I’ve worked in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in the Connecticut Department of Labor for 25 years.

As a safety and health consultant I provide on site safety and health services to small businesses in manufacturing, medical facilities, contactors. I cover issues concerning OSHA regulations and how the company provides employees with a safe work environment. Helping companies reduce long term safety and health costs.

Barbara Dempsey, Retired Nurse

Retired RN on Call Back

Barbara Dempsey, Retired RN on Call Back

I’m a retired RN on Call Back, working for the Department of Developmental Services. I worked for 33 years before retirement, and have worked for 6 more since being called back.

I work with 67 citizens who have mental and physical disabilities needing nursing services along with physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Cutting public services would cut the care citizens need.

And now, with the economy getting worse and worse, the timing couldn’t be worse — more people than ever will be using public services to keep themselves and their families healthy.


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