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CCNE Organizes for Tenants' Rights in New Haven

June 17, 2011 -- Partnership for Working Families

The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) has been helping tenants in New Haven organize for better living conditions. They were recently featured in this article in the New Haven Independent:

"In New Haven, CT Carbon monoxide from faulty furnaces drove Esther Martinez and Charleen Ortiz from their homes this winter. They have since returned home as leaders of a door-to-door organizing effort to give the 300 low-income families there a voice-and place to return to-when the Church Street South housing complex is rebuilt as a mixed-income development.

In The Public Interest: Ask the Right Questions Before Privatizing

June 17, 2011 -- Partnership for Working Families

Elected officials need to do a better job of asking the right questions before they make a decision that we'll live with for decades.

Too often, a mayor, governor or other public official proposes to sell off a public facility, privatize a public good or contract out a vital service, but fails to answer basic questions that decision makers and voters need to decide whether it's a good idea.

Community Development Agreement for Canal Side Project Makes Sense

March 11, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

 

Art Voice

Community Development Agreement for Canal Side Project Makes Sense
by Andy Reynolds

Before the Canal Side Development Project is approved, it is critical for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) to ensure that the massive public investment in the project will be spent in a way that benefits the communities of Buffalo and the region. 

Wisconsin's Fight: Can It Inject New Life Into the Progressive Movement?

March 7, 2011 -- Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel

The community-labor alliance that is the hallmark of the Partnership for Working Families network has a chance to earn real gains from what is happening in Wisconsin. The question is, what can we do with it?

From the beginning, our partners have played important roles in this effort.

Who is David and Who is Goliath in this fight?

March 3, 2011 -- Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel

Wisconsin's governor and the legislators who have led the charge to eliminate collective bargaining for public workers have had a consistent message: they are representing everyday people against the overwhelming and unjust might of the unions. It's a classic David v. Goliath narrative, and one that we progressives have seen time and again.

What's amazing about what's playing out here is that Wisconsin voters aren't buying it.

Instead, that David v. Goliath narrative has been flipped on its head.

Collective Bargaining Is a Safety Issue

February 28, 2011 -- Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel

As for so many Wisconsin households, the proposal to eliminate collective bargaining for public employees would have a direct and immediate negative impact on mine. For ten years my partner has worked for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, where she is a member of AFSCME Local 366. People may feel that they have some understanding of the risks and challenges of being a teacher, a police officer, even a county benefits specialist.

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