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Martin M. Looney

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Contact: Adam Joseph

March 9, 2012

Looney: History of the Labor Movement an Important Lesson for Public School Students

Senate Bill 304 would add history of the labor movement to public school curriculums

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) testified before the General Assembly’s Education Committee in favor of legislation that would include the history of the labor movement in public school curriculums.

“The history of organized labor is so much more than job-site action and organizing,” said Senator Looney. “The unions pushed state and federal elected officials and judges to grant workers the right to collectively bargain. “This struggle taught individual workers that they can achieve success with dignity if they assert their collective power. This right is now being challenged. Students should know what is at stake in this challenge.”

SB-304, An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Labor History in Public School Curriculum, would add labor history and law, including the history of organized labor, the collective bargaining process, and existing legal protections in the workplace

Senator Looney, a co-sponsor of the legislation, added: “Organized Labor was a crucial partner in the fight for mine safety laws, workers’ compensation laws and the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Labor fought for the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 among many others. Without the contribution of organized labor, the average worker, even the average non-union worker, would have many fewer rights and benefits in employment. We owe it to the Children of Connecticut to teach them of these extraordinary contributions. “


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