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Rowland Lawsuit Settlement Announced
For Immediate Release
State Unions Coalition Lauds Progress Toward Justice
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“When Rowland closed our office, it was devastating. He took it out on us by shutting down programs that were fighting the hardest for their communities. He laid off some of the most vulnerable workers in those offices, like my fellow state clerical workers.
Lois Villa, SEIU Healthcare 1199, echoed Geneva’s sentiments. A dental assistant caring for patients at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Lois was laid off by John Rowland in 2003.
“The financial struggle of being laid off was hard,” said Lois. “But the hardest part was being cut off from patients I cared for. I do feel like this settlement is about justice not just for me, but for all the people who depend upon us.”
Marcelle Pichanick Groves is a member of A&R, AFT Local 4200 and an original plaintiff in the suit. She was an analyst with the Department of Environmental Protection when she was laid of in 2003, and commented on the settlement:
"Edmund Burke once said 'the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.' I'd like to thank all the good men and women who helped make this settlement possible and saw to it that justice triumphed. Twelve years is a long time to wait for justice. However it is reassuring to know that our nation's legal system works."
The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) unites all 16 unions representing 45,000 Connecticut state public service workers together to address important issues to all its members and the people they serve.
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