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STATE SENATOR

Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

Upcoming Public Hearing on Earned Family and Medical Leave

The General Assembly's Labor Committee will be holding a public hearing this Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

This is your chance to testify in support of earned family and medical leave, pay equity for women, and raising the minimum wage!

Earned Family and Medical Leave
Working families should not have to face the prospect of economic ruin when presented with serious family needs such as caring for a newborn, a spouse, or their parents. The inability of employees to take paid time off to care for loved ones or themselves can leave them with no choice but to abandon family members in their time of need, or to neglect their own health. Because it is so necessary and beneficial to our modern workforce, I will work with employees and employers to fight for sensible earned family and medical leave legislation.

Pay Equity
It is well past time that Connecticut ensures that women are paid the wages they deserve. Connecticut women working full time are paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to men working full time. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women. I believe that it is time to eliminate the wage gap and ensure pay equity for women and will not compromise on this vital issue.

Fair Minimum Wage
For parents trying to make ends meet, for single moms working two or three jobs just to provide basic necessities for their children, there may be no more important, pressing issue than the stability of knowing they will have a full day of work and earning a fair, adequate and 'livable' wage. We simply cannot turn our backs on Connecticut residents earning low wages. We have seen large corporations like Aetna, Cigna, Wells Fargo and Target raise minimum wages company-wide, but the rest of Connecticut needs to catch up. We must do all we reasonably can to help workers support themselves and their families. Because we value the hard work, time and labor of Connecticut's residents, I will fight for a livable wage.
 

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Share Your Story

These bills are top priorities for me and I am committed to moving them forward to provide relief to workers and families across our state.

You can help too by speaking up in support of these bills and sharing your stories at the public hearing. You can sign up to speak to the committee in person or submit written testimony by emailing it to: LABtestimony@cga.ct.gov and copying me at Moore@senatedems.ct.gov.

Sign-ups for the hearing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first floor Atrium of the LOB. Please submit 10 copies of written testimony to the committee staff at that time. Testimony received after the designated time won't be posted online until after the hearing. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers and State Agency Heads. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes of testimony.

Tune in to CT Network to watch the public hearing live. If you have any questions on this issue or other legislation, as always, you can contact my office.
 

TOMORROW: Fair Work Week Public Hearing

The Children’s Committee will also be holding a public hearing TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building.

One of the bills being heard is SB321, which would allow more than 885,000 hourly service workers in Connecticut to have a voice in their work schedules. The bill would require large, corporate employers to apply more responsible and fair scheduling practices by limiting on-call scheduling, and assuring that employees have at least 11 hours rest between shifts.

Throughout Connecticut, thousands of low wage workers, many earning poverty wages, struggle to earn a stable income because of unpredictable work schedules. Employees are often forced to work with little notice, maintain open availability for “on-call” shifts without any guarantee of work, and have shifts cancelled at the last minute. When parents and caregivers incomes are unstable, families struggle to meet basic expenses and to arrange child care, doctor’s appointments, or family meals. Families suffer when working people have highly variable hours and no voice in their work schedules. As a result, they struggle to spend enough time with their children and spouses.