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Edited by: Sister Karen Blanchard
April 2012

 

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Voices on the Hill
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Local 743 Members Take Action!

On Wednesday April 11, 2012, members of the Machinist Union joined with members of the United Auto Workers at the state capitol in Hartford for the annual “Labor Lobby Day”. Local 743 members Tony Walter, Paul Duff, Dianna Koch, Gary Pierkowski and Karen Blanchard sat with legislators who represent towns where our members live. Legislators from Enfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks, East Hartford, Manchester and other towns heard our message. That message was JOBS! We discussed the growing fuel cell industry in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Council president John Harrity has been a staunch proponent of the fuel cell industry in our state. Connecticut has 13% of the global employment in the fuel cell industry. UTC Power employees are represented by the Machinist Union in South Windsor, Ct. This industry is ready to grow in the next decade.
Our representatives at the capitol in Hartford can help keep this industry right here in this state and the jobs that go along with it. We have seen whole industries relocate overseas taking good jobs with them. This can and will happen to the fuel cell industry if our elected representatives do not do everything in their power to save it. This could mean as many as 10,000+ jobs in Connecticut’s future.

We asked our legislators to support the fuel cell industry in two ways. The first is to support the establishment of micro-grids. Fuel cells are the perfect power producer for these micro-grids which would sustain power in the event of severe weather as was seen last October here in our state.

The second way is to support mandating utility ownership of class I renewables, which includes fuel cells. The more fuel cells purchased by Connecticut companies, the lower the cost will be for this technology. This will encourage the sale of fuel cells to other states and countries, creating more jobs here in Connecticut.
Please call or write your state legislators and ask them to support fuel cell technology in Connecticut. It could result in future jobs for our children.

Submitted by Sister Karen Blanchard (Legislative Co-Chair)



 

 
 

 

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