Council 4 said the passage of a jobs and state aid bill in Congress will help save thousands of public and private sector jobs, help keep teachers in the classroom and first responders on the beat, and help keep Connecticut’s economy moving forward at a critical time, all while actually reducing the deficit.
“We thank our members of Congress for doing the right thing for the people of Connecticut,” said Sal Luciano, Executive Director of Council 4, a union representing 35,000 workers. “Without this jobs bill, we’d be looking at mass layoffs and further budget slashing at a time when our families can absolutely least afford it.”
H.R. 1586 passed the House of Representatives by 247-161. Connecticut’s delegation – John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Chris Murphy – supported the bill, which is expected to provide the state more than $300 million by extending ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and FMPA (Federal Medical Assistance Percentages) funds and additionally funding education jobs.
Just hours after the House put finishing touches on the state aid/jobs bill, President Obama signed it into law Aug. 10.
“The votes of our Representatives are vital for Connecticut’s future, and we’re grateful that they stood up for us,” said Council 4 President Thomas Ledoux, who works as a highway foreman for the Town of Newington. “This bill will save hundreds of thousands of jobs and strengthen Connecticut’s economy, without adding a dime to the deficit.”
AFSCME and its state affiliates like Council 4 waged an aggressive mobilization campaign in support of federal aid for state and local governments and school districts. Nationwide AFSCME generated more than 60,000 phone calls, letters and emails to targeted members of Congress as H.R. 1586 came up for a vote.