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  • Checking In On The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
    So far, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Yet nationally, vaccine rollout has been going slower than experts had hoped. This hour, we hear from reporters about how policies have shaped vaccine availability. And we get answers from a doctor about the science behind the shot. What questions do you have about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine? First, a group of frontline workers have written a book about their experiences during the COVID-19 Read more...
  • SEIU’s Henry: Remove Trump, Rebuild our Democracy
    Statement from SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry on the attack on the US Capitol incited by President Trump: It’s no coincidence that at the same time millions of voters of all races elected Georgia’s first Black senator, violent white supremacists traveled to Washington, DC, to desecrate our democracy. Power-hungry, self-serving Republican leaders and the greedy corporate CEOs who pay them have spent decades dividing workers, scapegoating immigrants, and profiting off Read more...
  • Conn. Front-Line Union Workers Detail Pandemic Challenges In New Book
    Members of labor union SEIU 1199NE demand better working conditions and protections during the COVID-19 pandemic at a rally outside the state Department of Public Health in Hartford, Thurs., June 25, 2020. NICOLE LEONARD / CONNECTICUT PUBLIC RADIO Luz Morales was working as a certified nursing assistant at RegalCare at Waterbury, a nursing home, when she fell ill with COVID-19. At home, her 70-year-old mother, Nicia, looked in on her.  “I could see the concern in her soft brown eyes,” Read more...
  • Labor-based coalition urges Lamont, lawmakers to tax wealthy to fund ‘people’s recovery’ from pandemic
    Progressives argue Connecticut must boost taxes on the rich to preserve services emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. A coalition of labor leaders, progressive legislators and other activists upped the pressure Monday on Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly to tax Connecticut’s wealthy to preserve vital services coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. The “People’s Recovery” plan offered by the Bargaining for the Common Good coalition is centered on households earning more than $1 Read more...
  • Long-term Care Workers Rally For A Pay Increase, Bill of Rights
    HARTFORD, CT –  Health care workers kept a safe distance from each other as they gathered on the north steps of the state Capitol Tuesday night to call on lawmakers to increase their pay and their rights in the workplace. “Nine months of sacrifice. Nine months of suffering. Nine months of fear. Nine months of anger,” said Rob Baril, president of SEIU District 1199, summing up the feelings of many who attended the rally. “Folks in positions of power have to pay attention.” He said for nine Read more...

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