by Frank Panzarella, CT Good Jobs for All Coalition
Activists and labor supporters around the country are once again working to create new full-employment legislation. I hope you all might find time to join in this effort in Connecticut.
Sen. Gary Winfield introduced SB 151, An Act Establishing a Full Employment Trust Fund, to the Labor and Public Employees Committee. The public hearing was held on Feb. 23.
Problem: Across the country, Americans have been struggling due to increased inflation, declining value of wages, and unemployment. As of October 2022, 81,406 Connecticut residents were unemployed.
Solution: SB 151, An Act Establishing a Full Employment Trust Fund. The purpose of this bill is to create a full employment trust fund that will create employment opportunities, job training programs, and recession-proof job creation in the following fields:
- Renewable energy includes creating, installing, funding
solar and wind power.
- Mass transportation includes creating, manufacturing,
operating sustainable vehicles (cars, buses, trains). New
mass transit infrastructure in the form of additional bus
routes, railways and train stations across the state.
- Waste management: coordinating and collecting recycling.
Care work training programs:
- Childcare – training programs for childcare providers
- Elder care – training programs to create jobs for home health aides, nursing home workers
- Housing rehabilitation
- Green housing construction
Please contact your state senator and representative and ask them to support this bill. In addition, help spread the word by letting others know. A sample email is below:
The state legislature has introduced Bill SB 151 that could help establish guaranteed full employment in Connecticut. The bill aims to establish a full employment trust fund that would be used to create job training programs, employment opportunities, and workforce housing.
The Connecticut Jobs and Human Rights Taskforce needs your help! The bill was referred to the Labor and Public Employees Committee, which heard testimony Feb. 23. Please contact your state senator and representative, and let them know you support this bill.