Groups: 'We Must Do More' to Close Inequality Gap in CT

"Our economy should work for everyone, not just the rich,” the Connecticut Working Families Party says.

An image on the Facebook event for the CT Working Families vigils.
An image on the Facebook event for the CT Working Families vigils.
To draw attention to what it considers a "shameful" inequality gap in one of the richest states in the country, the Connecticut Working Families Party planned vigils in more than three dozen Connecticut towns on Tuesday.

"Connecticut is a leader on economic issues, but there is much more we need to do," said Lindsay Farrell, executive director of Connecticut Working Families. "We were the first in the country to pass a statewide paid sick days law, and the first to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. We are holding these vigils for inequality because it is shameful that in one of the richest states, in the richest country in the world there are still families struggling to get by. We must do more."

The vigils were organized by a broad coalition including the Connecticut Working Families Party, Connecticut Citizens Action Group, local chapters of MoveOn.org, Service Employees International Union local 32BJ, AFSCME Council 4, and local community organizations.

According to CT Working Families, 24 of the vigils will be held in towns and cities where poverty has increased, based on the findings of a study by Connecticut Voices for Children. The study, released in January, has illustrated that this crisis is not limited to any particular region or urban center, but affects communities across the state in rural, suburban and urban areas, the group states.

"Everyone should be concerned with our state's growing economic inequality,” said Tom Swan, executive director of Connecticut Citizens Action Group. “That is why these vigils are so important. We need to continue pushing for policies that move our economy in the right direction." 

CT Working Families pointed to a few bills before the General Assembly as signs of hope in closing the gap.

"These include holding large profitable corporations accountable (H.B. 5069), working to find a solution to student debt (H.B. 5241), and creating a public retirement savings plan so that everyone can retire with dignity (S.B. 249).  

“I am proud of the steps we have taken to address the gender wage gap in Connecticut, including raising the minimum wage,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “About 6 in 10 minimum wage workers are women. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will improve the economic security of women and their families in Connecticut. But this action alone is not enough. It is unacceptable for women, doing the same work, to earn 78 percent of what men earn." 

“The Gender Wage Gap study highlights how important it is for all of us to address pay inequality — from ending pay secrecy practices in the private sector to teaching women how to negotiate their compensation to encouraging girls in STEM," said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. "There must be equal pay for equal work. It is a fundamental economic security issue for Connecticut women, their families, and the country.” 

"Workers are struggling to make ends meet, pay for college, buy a home, and save for retirement," said Juan Hernandez, Director of 32BJ SEIU in Connecticut, and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Working Families Party State Committee. "Their dire economic situation is a constant reminder that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. Our economy should work for everyone, not just the rich.”

Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Just for you Tabasco. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYeffIs6i3k
Kevin April 23, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Tabassco,you run a business? Where,into the ground? You spend most of your day on the patch. You run to the bathroom in your apartment.Thats what you run.You are a delusional,left wing shut in. You sir,are a fraud. Just like your "president". If you like your fraud,you can keep your fraud.
Tabasco May 06, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Oh, hey, Kev. I just got your insightful comment. Sorry to disappoint someone of your vast psychic and intellectual prowess. Good luck in your therapy and recovery.
Tabasco May 06, 2014 at 04:51 PM
CP. I guess sanity and clear messaging are overrated.
Gustave May 08, 2014 at 03:12 PM
My boss makes twice as much as I do. What is equal about that. I do her work.


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