Thursday, April 26, 2012

Labor and Community Spring Offensive! Celebrate International Workers Day

It is very exciting that many unions, community groups and individuals are joining together this spring to organize on behalf of the 99% for the future of our country.  The deaths of Trayvon Martin and many others to racial profiling and violence highlight the urgency of economic justice, equality and peace.

 As a part of this great effort, the People's World in Connecticut is hosting its annual celebration of International Workers Day on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 pm at the Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven. Please mark your calendar and help make the day a big success.

 The program will include a slide show of May Day Around the World and solidarity messages from Connecticut workers resisting corporate greed on strike, in contract negotiations or organizing drives A Labor-Community Organizing panel will place experiences in the on-going struggles for jobs and union rights, ending racial profiling and attacks on women, ending the wars and taxing the 1% into the context of the 2012 elections.

Music performances will inspire and unite us. A home made buffet and a raffle will round out the family day. Tickets are $5 or what you can afford. No one will be turned away.

 The celebration /rally is a fund raiser toward the annual $10,000 People's World Connecticut fund drive goal to keep the paper's working class news and views going and growing.  Donations large and small will be welcomed and appreciated.

Don't miss Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm at 37 Howe Street in New Haven. To reserve tickets or for information e-mail: or call 203-624-8664.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Guards employed by one of the security contractors to the State of CT are set to release support petitions and announce their vote to authorize a strike at a press conference at the Capitol Wed., 4/4 at 6:00PM in room 310...

The strike vote is being authorized by the guards based at the Capitol Avenue complex and 25 Sigourney Street in Hartford who are employed by SOS Security only.

Urge your lawmakers to contact the contractor's CEO in New Jersey and settle the dispute now.

Security officers who keep State of Connecticut buildings safe have been ignored and disrespected by our employer, SOS Security. Despite working hard to maintain secure facilities, we face:

***Low wages,
***Unaffordable healthcare, and
***No retirement security.

Our employer is not making pension contributions for their employees as required under their contract with the State. That's one reason why we've called for an audit by DAS. Instead of addressing our concerns, SOS has responded by interrogating some of us about our efforts to organize for improved wages, benefits, and working conditions. Stand with us and demand that SOS invest in its security officers with livable wages, affordable healthcare, and pension contributions.


The security of the officers who guard State of Connecticut facilities should be the concern of SOS, too. Contact their CEO today and urge him to make pension fund contributions, and treat us with dignity and respect.

CEO Edward B. Silverman - (973) 402- 6600

Local 32BJ, SEIU Connecticut District
196 Trumbull St. 4th Flr., Hartford CT 06103
(860) 560-8674 –

Source: The Greater Hartford Labor Council Website
Posted by Tom Connolly