HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a blast of Malloy-bashing from one of the state labor unions hit hard by those state employee layoffs. The Health Care Workers Union is launching another TV advertising blitz aimed solidly at those running for the legislature in November.
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The health care workers union, with over 25,000 members in Connecticut, enthusiastically endorsed, campaigned for, and helped get out voters for Governor Malloy’s re-election two years ago. Now they are bashing him with his own words in a new TV ad campaign.
Shirley Watson of Thomaston, a state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services employee, was the big celebrity at the Health Care Workers Union delegate assembly Wednesday, because she is the star of union’s Malloy-bashing TV commercial.
Nearly 2,000 state workers will have been laid off by the end of this year and the union leaders at the meeting Wednesday know it could get worse next year.
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Their TV ads in the past have focused on citizens losing state services, this marks a change in strategy.
“I don’t believe that the entire budget should be levied on the backs of union members and state employees. So while we are a part of it we’re not the whole…the sum total,” said Watson in a News 8 interview.
The entire Connecticut House of Representatives and the entire State Senate is up for election the same day people will be voting for President, and the clear message is that the way to get union support at the polls on November 8th, is to support higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations and not more cuts in spending.
“Those things need to be seriously and strongly considered,” added Watson.
“We want people being elected that understand how important the services we provide are and how important they are to the communities,” said Union spokesperson Jen Scheider.
The Governor’s office issuing a statement in reaction to this TV ad saying in part;
“…We need to live within our means and adapt to a changing economy. That means making difficult, but necessary budget cuts so that we don’t spend more than we have…”
The union has been interviewing candidates for the legislative elections, but has not yet announced its endorsements.