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Letter From Unions to Dems Makes Final Push for 4 Laws, Including $15/Hr. Wage

May 9, 2018 By Staff
Letter From Unions to Dems Makes Final Push for 4 Laws, Including $15/Hr. Wage

The Yankee Institute obtained a letter from the Connecticut AFL-CIO to Democratic leaders, dated May 3, with requests to push four bills into law.

In the waning days of Connecticut’s legislative session, Connecticut’s top union pushed Democratic leaders to address four priority bills before the end of the 2018 session, including a $15-per-hour state minimum wage.

Yankee Institute tweeted out the letter on Tuesday evening.

The letter offers an inside look at the kind of pressure unions are putting on Democrats ahead of a contentious 2018 campaign.

“If any or all of these bills fail to get a chamber roll call vote, we will consider counting them using our vote tallies and official co-sponsorships as of May 1, 2018 as part of our Connecticut AFL-CIO legislative scorecard,” union president Lori J. Pelletier wrote to Sens. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), and Reps. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) and Matt Ritter (D-Hartford).

Aresimowicz, the speaker of the House, is an employee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a union.

Two of the bills, Reclaim Connecticut wrote in April, could cost taxpayers millions of dollars: the $15-per-hour minimum wage bill and the mandated family leave expansion bill.

Yankee Institute, a non-profit free-market think tank, wrote a helpful primer on the “captive audience” bill.

HB 5473 would allow employees to file suit if they are threatened with discipline for not attending a meeting in which an employer will discuss employee unionization efforts.

Unions see it as a way to increase union membership in the private sector, making it easier for workers to unionize, but business leaders say the bill is another ill-conceived regulation on Connecticut businesses, one which limits employers’ free speech and will not hold up in court.

The Connecticut legislature adjourns for the year on Wednesday.