Big Wins for Working Families

Harry Rilling, bottom row, 2nd from right, welcomes AFSCME Local 2405's endorsement.

The Nov. 5 elections brought significant changes to the political landscape throughout Connecticut's cities and towns. Much of the change was driven by union members who turned out to support candidates who share our middle class values. Highlights from the 2013 municipal campaigns included:

Looking across the country, AFSCME President Lee Saunders described the 2013 election "a pivotal moment for progressive American values, as voters across the country elected candidates who stand with working families, unions, and the middle class, and approved ballot measures raising the minimum wage.

Council 4 members applaud Toni Harp at her endorsement press conference. Photo courtesy of New Haven Independent.

National media weighed in, too, on the election results. As Time magazine reported, "Across the country, candidates backed by unions triumphed over their counterparts, while ballot measures broke in favor of the unions that had campaigned for them as well."