Getting a job is already hard so when you get a great job working for the state you might want to keep it. That is easier said than done when layoffs had to take place. As unemployment rates soared, union workers were definitely a big part of the community that was affected.
A fight for employment
Connecticut union leaders are taking some big steps to try and effect that unemployment rate in a great way. Actions are being put in place to help more than 1,000 laid-off state employees return back to work.
The Union spokeswoman Jennifer Schneider says that they plan to highlight the consequences of the job cuts that the state put into place to balance their budget.
Steps Toward a Better Connecticut
On Wednesday, the union SEIU Healthcare 1199, New England, is launching a television ad campaign. The first 30-second spot features a woman with cerebral palsy named Jenny who needs a special computer to communicate. She says the only state employee who knows how to customize the device was laid off May 3. She urges the governor to re-hire the staffer and others.
Connecticut AFSCME Larry Dorman says his union has short- and long-term plans to restore services and get employees re-hired. Grievances and labor complaints have already been filed.