Monday Noon 9/14 Demonstration To Oppose Closing of New Britain’s Jobs Center; State Labor Department Cuts 95 Jobs
Workers, local officials and state legislators will protest the proposed closing of New Britain’s American Jobs Center at a noon on Monday, September 14th, at 260 Lafayette Street.
The CT Department of Labor, citing the loss of federal funds, announced five centers across the state will close at the end of September resulting in the loss of 95 employees in the department.
The city’s legislators led by State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26), the chair of the Labor Committee, have urged the Department of Labor to reconsider the closing and the loss of almost 100 positions in the labor department — jobs that deliver services and support to unemployed, under-employed and displaced workers. While the state’s unemployment rate has been dropping in the recovery from the great recession of 2008 it remains substantially above the state rate. In some city neighborhoods the jobless rate continues in the double digits.
In addition to the city’s state legislators, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy have urged state officials to re-consider the closing of the New Britain office.
“Currently, the 11 American Job Centers throughout Connecticut provide invaluable assistance to our unemployed and underemployed populations through job readiness workshops, job search assistance and workforce training, These resources are critical in communities that are still struggling to recover from the recession,” Esty told CT Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer and OPM Secretary Ben Barnes.
Fundraiser for At Large Council Candidate Jahaira Jimenez Monday 9/14 at Paradise Pizza
The Committee for endorsed Democratic At Large Council candidate Jahaira Jimenez will hold a reception on Monday September 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Paradise Pizza, 10 East Street.
Jimenez, one of eight new Democrats seeking a seat on the Common Council, brings extensive involvement in her community to her candidacy for the Council. A member of the Democratic Town Committee from Voting District 5, Ms. Jimenez is a member of the Latino Coalition and the NAACP. She has served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on AIDS and serves on the Board of Christian Living at South Church. A softball coach in the New Britain Little League, Jimenez also is cheerleading coach and coordinators for the New Britain Junior Hurricanes youth organization.
Ms. Jimenez is a social worker at Guardian Ad Litem Services. She earned an associate degree from Tunxis Community College, a bachelor’s degree in social work from CCSU and is pursuing her master’s in social work from Springfield College.
In winning the Democratic Town Committee nomination in July Jimenez shared her work and community involvement: “I was raised in New Britain after my family relocated from Brooklyn, New York when I was 5 years old. I grew up in income based developments in the city and graduated from New Britain High School in 2004. I am a proud and active mother of an 11-year-old daughter. I have volunteered city-wide mostly with our city youth, homelessness projects, HIV/AIDS and mental health awareness. My passion and commitment to our city is visible through my continuous involvement.”
Democratic candidates on the Row A slate are mobilizing their family, friends and neighbors with fundraising events and activities for their campaigns:
Tax Collector Nominees Todd Szabo 9/17, 6:30 pm, Great Taste Restaurant; At Large Council Nominee Duane Hinkson, 9/19, 2 p.m., Great Taste Restaurant; Ward 3 Alderman Manny Sanchez, Tuesday, 9/29, Whinstone Tavern, 6 p.m.; Council Democrats for 4th Ward Wyatt Bosworth and Larry Hermanowski, Monday October 5th, 5 p.m. Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black,Thursday, October 8th, Roma Sports Bar & Restaurant
Candidate information and details of these events will be posted at http://www.newbritaindemocrat.org
Board of Education Primary Is Wednesday, September 16th
The Democratic Primary for Board of Education will be on Wednesday, September 16th with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. DTC Endorsed Democratic candidates on Row A include Merrill Gay, Carlos Pina, Jr. and Nicole Rodriguez. Petitioning candidates are Aggie Kurzyna and Violet Simms.
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