Union workers rally in Hartford to support organized labor

Union workers from all across Connecticut and from different fields of work rallied today on the front steps of the state capital, showing their solidarity

HARTFORD - Union workers from all across Connecticut and from different fields of work rallied today on the front steps of the state capital, showing their solidarity for all unionized workers across the country.

Governors of states such as Wisconsin and Indiana have proposed taking away some of the collective bargaining rights of unions, which has sparked numerous rallies across the country. About 500 attended the rally in Hartford to show their opposition to efforts to strip unions of their power.

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) was there and offered his support for their message.

"There is no reason for a full assault on the right to organize, the right to negotiate, and the right to arbitrate," Malloy told the crowd.

The governor was greeted with cheers from the workers today despite his budget that seeks $2 billion in union concessions and savings from state employees to help close the state deficit. He is set to meet with state unions next week.

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