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STATE SENATOR

Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Applauding Labor Committee Passage of Earned Family Medical Leave Bill

I am so excited that the Labor Committee passed legislation that will help create economic security for women and families across Connecticut. Democrats in the Labor Committee voted to pass Earned Family Medical Leave, Pay Equity and Raising the Minimum Wage.

Unfortunately, Republicans once again turned their backs on working families and women in Connecticut by voting against these bills.

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It's time for Connecticut workers to get the financial assistance they've earned when they need to take some time off to handle some of life's many challenges like falling ill, having a child, or caring for a loved one. It's time for Connecticut women to earn the same pay as their male colleagues. And it's time for Connecticut taxpayers to end the practice of subsidizing childcare, food, and health care to people who work for companies who earn high profits and pay low wages.

Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 5387 each provide for up to 12 weeks of paid leave to qualifying employees, at 100 percent of salary up to a cap of $1,000 per week.

Senate Bill 15 and House Bill 5386 would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee's previous wages, preventing that employee from inquiring about another employee's salary, or requiring employees to sign a waiver denying their right to disclose wages.

House Bill 5388 seeks to gradually increase the minimum wage in Connecticut from its current $10.10 to $15.00 an hour over the next three years; after that the minimum wage would be indexed to rise with the rate of inflation.
 

Office Hours in New Britain

Senator Gerratana at office hours.

I recently met with many New Britain residents to listen to their concerns and share with them my position on recreational marijuana and several other issues of interest to the district. Serving the needs of my constituents is my number one priority; that's why I have continued to hold regular office hours throughout the communities that I represent. I appreciate the opportunity that each one gives me to have meaningful conversations with my constituents.