Senators Chris Murphy & Richard Blumenthal join with CT Labor and Religious Leaders to Promote People’s Climate March

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All Aboard! Senators join with CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs to Encourage Participation in Upcoming March in New York City and to Announce Collaboration with Metro-North

New Haven, CT — The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs will hold a press conference at Union Station in New Haven (at 2:00pm on September 2, 2014) to highlight the participation of Connecticut’s labor and religious communities in the People’s Climate March (www.2014.peoplesclimate.org) on September 21 in New York City.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal will join representatives of CT labor organizations that have endorsed the march – including Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary of the CT AFL-CIO – and prominent religious leaders – including the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of CT.

With more than a dozen endorsing unions and labor organizations, Connecticut will have one of the strongest labor contingents at the march, exposing the false framing of “jobs vs. the environment.”

Both Senators helped advocate with Metro-North, along with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Governor Malloy’s office. DOT Commissioner Redeker succeeded in brokering an agreement with Metro-North for discounted fares and enhanced capacity to ensure that large numbers of CT residents can get to the march by purchasing seats through the coalition at www.CTClimateTrain.org.

The coalition will thank Metro-North for its collaboration and highlight the critical role of mass transit in a green jobs economy.

CT State Council of Machinists President John Harrity serves on the Steering Committee for the Roundtable. “Here in Connecticut, Labor is working together with our allies in religious communities and environmental groups to build a sustainable, renewable energy future, creating jobs while protecting the climate,” says Harrity. “Climate change is the most important issue facing all of us for the rest of our lives. When our kids, and grandkids, ask ‘What did you do to help stop this disaster?’ which they will surely ask if we do not take drastic steps immediately – Machinists Union activists can say, ‘We helped save the world. We were there on September 21.’”

Participants in the press conference will include:

  • U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal
  • Lori Pelletier – Executive Secretary, CT AFL-CIO
  • Melodie Peters – President, American Federation of Teachers – CT
  • Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas – Bishop Diocesan, Episcopal Diocese of CT
  • Rabbi Joshua Hammerman – Temple Beth El in Stamford
  • Fatma Antar – Co-Founder, Islamic Association of Greater Hartford/Berlin Mosque; Board Member, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network

These CT labor organizations have endorsed the march, as of 8/30/14:
• CT AFL-CIO
• American Federation of Teachers – CT
• CT Education Association
• CT State Council SEIU
• CT State Council of Machinists
• CT State Employees Association SEIU Local 2001
• CT Alliance of Retired Americans
• Council 4 AFSCME
• Communication Workers of America – Local1298
• UNITE HERE CT
• United Auto Workers Region 9A
• United Electrical Workers – Local 243
• 32BJ SEIU CT

Launched in June 2012, the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) and the CT AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut’s labor, environmental, and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state.

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