Laurie Kennington

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Laurie Kennington is a Connecticut labor activist.

Communist award

Fatima Rojas, UniteHere Local 215 organizer, presents awards to Edwin Gomes, Edwin Vargas, Jr. and Laurie Kennington, while John Olsen, president emeritas Conn. AFL-CIO, looks on from back row

The 2013 Amistad Awards were presented by the People’s World on Sunday, December 1 at 4 p.m. at a special ”MARCHING ON for Jobs, Freedom & Peace” anniversary rally in New Haven at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 177 College St.

We celebrate the contributions and example of Laurie Kennington, Edwin Gomes and Rep. Edwin Vargas, three wonderful leaders and role models who challenge economic inequality and are in the forefront of organizing for jobs, health care, union rights and the needs of youth.

Laurie Kennington is president of Local 34 UNITE HERE which won a contract advancing current workers and opening jobs at Yale for New Haven residents. She is in the forefront of the community/labor alliance that helped elect union members to the Board of Alders.

Edwin Gomes was inspired at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to dedicate his life to working people and the fight for equality as International Representative of United Steelworkers of America, and State Senator from Bridgeport where he is still organizing.

State Rep. Edwin Vargas, Jr., past president of Hartford Federation of Teachers, is on every picket line for civil rights, workers’ rights and peace. In the Commerce Committee he helped win passage of a Future Commission to study alternatives to military production for jobs.

The annual awards are presented to allies by the People’s World on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the Communist Party USA.[1]

Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 Unite Here clerical and technical workers at Yale, likened the attack on L & M workers to actions by Yale and other corporate health centers in Connecticut that are sub-contracting work to non-union firms. "It could be divisive because health care workers are represented by different unions," she said, referring to AFT, 1199, AFSCME and Local 34. "But in this state I know we will come together." she said.

Praising the work of New Elm City Dream and the YCL over the last two years for jobs for youth and jobs for all, Kennington urged a commitment to fight unemployment in New Haven, and explained how everyone is affected. "The great wages that Local 34 members earn now have to cover more family members as husbands lose jobs and children come back home to live."

All the awardees praised the vision and work of the Communist Party USA in their communities. The event was held on the occasion of the CPUSA's 94th anniversary.[2]

2014 Connecticut Communist Party State convention

Messages from labor and community leaders, participation by young people, and adoption of a Connecticut Economic Bill of Rights highlighted the lively and powerful convention of the Connecticut district of the Communist Party on May Day weekend.

Local 34 Unite Here president Laurie Kennington, Alderwoman Evette Hamilton and Hartford City Council Minority Leader (Working Families Party) Larry Deutsch also appreciated the Communist Party for always being there for working people.[3].

References

The following people and organizations are based in Connecticut.