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Labor Helps Turn out the Vote to Elect Lamont Governor and Fight off ‘Right to Work’ Agenda

Ned Lamont is our next governor, Democratic majorities have been restored in both legislative chambers, and labor-endorsed candidates swept the Congressional, U.S. Senate, and statewide constitutional offices – thanks to a large midterm election turnout fueled in no small part by Connecticut’s labor movement.

“I am so proud of all the work our members did this election cycle,” says Connecticut AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier. “They knocked tens of thousands of doors, made tens of thousands of phone calls, mailed nearly every member in the state, and made countless visits to worksites to talk with members about the importance of supporting pro-worker candidates. We engaged in this process earlier than we ever have, starting in April of this year, to make sure working people had a voice in the electoral process ahead of both party’s nominating conventions.”

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel says, “Connecticut’s gubernatorial election results are a testament to our collective power to affect positive change when we’re engaged in the civic life of our members and our communities. Even an obscene amount of spending by outside special interest groups to push a deceptive message couldn’t overcome the strength of grassroots, neighborhood and worksite-level organizing.”

How did the labor-endorsed candidates fair?
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(Photo, by Neal Thomasson: Ned Lamont addresses a Connecticut labor get-out-the-vote rally in New Britain days ahead of his election as governor. To his left are AFT President Randi Weingarten and Treasurer-elect Shawn Wooden; AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride is to his right.)

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