Labor unions give final endorsements to Democrats

August 31, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD — Ahead of Labor Day, the Connecticut AFL-CIO, a federation of hundreds of local unions, rallied its members Friday to back pro-union candidates in November and issued new endorsements in its final political convention.

With representatives from 113 local unions gathering at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, the AFL-CIO endorsed Democratic nominee Susan Bysiewicz for lieutenant governor, although the group backed Bysiewicz’s opponent Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, herself a union organizer, prior to the primary.

Democratic nominee for attorney general William Tong, who fell three votes short of winning an AFL-CIO endorsement in June, received the federation’s support Friday. Shawn Wooden, Democrat’s nominee for treasurer, was also endorsed Friday.

Democratic nominees Ned Lamont, running for governor, Jahana Hayes, running for Congress in the 5th District, and Chris Murphy, seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, addressed union members Friday morning. They were previously endorsed by the 220,000-member group.

The AFL-CIO also gave their support to a “lock box” resolution that would prevent lawmakers from taking money from the state’s Special Transportation Fund to pay for other general budget expenditures. The referendum will be on the ballot in November. It passed the state House and Senate in 2017.

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