Protect Our Freedom to Negotiate

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney; Senate Republican President Pro Tem Len Fasano; House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz; House Minority Leader Themis Klarides

In Connecticut, we value our freedom. Working people deserve the same freedom corporate CEOs have: the freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work so we can provide for our families. But corporate CEOs are working with state politicians to chip away at the freedoms people in unions have won for all of us.

As we move towards a special session to finalize a state budget, politicians in Connecticut's General Assembly are reviving proposals to strip public employees' collective bargaining rights and roll-back decades of gains made for working families. By exploiting our budget problems, Republican legislators are trying to undermine working people’s freedom to negotiate by taking away our rights.

These attacks take aim at teachers, police officers, fire fighters, social workers, professors, nurses, and corrections officers — everyone employed by the state, municipalities and local school districts. We've seen what happens when the voice of any single group of workers is silenced; the middle class is weakened and billionaires and corporate interests consolidate their power.


We don’t know exactly when the special session will take place, but we need you to sign the petition to urge the Connecticut legislature to VOTE NO on any attacks on workers’ freedom to negotiate a fair return on work and instead respect public employees' contributions to Connecticut's quality of life.

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To: Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney; Senate Republican President Pro Tem Len Fasano; House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz; House Minority Leader Themis Klarides
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, urge you to resist any attempts to take away the rights of working people to negotiate a better future for themselves and their families. Specifically, we urge you to vote NO on any legislation that would roll-back public employees’ collective bargaining rights. We believe that vital public service workers – such as nurses, teachers, police officers, and fire fighters – deserve the freedom to negotiate a fair return on their work.

Collective bargaining raises standards and prevents inequality by ensuring a voice for all working people — not just union members. Restricting rights to negotiate wages and working conditions will only make our economy more ineffective and unfair — and our state budget problems worse.

Please resist scapegoating workers for the state’s fiscal woes and VOTE NO on any proposals to cut collective bargaining rights.