Susan Bysiewicz was, until the 2010 elections, the Secretary of the State for Connecticut.
Lamont Transition team
Ned Lamont introduces his transition team in Hartford Thursday. From left his wife, Ann Lamont, and team members, Ryan Drajewicz, Attorney General George Jepsen, Garrett Moran, Dr. Elsa Nunez, and state Rep. Toni Walker. Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz stands in front of Moran.
Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Susan Bysiewicz was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
Working Families Party
The Working Families Party had their annual meeting August 27, 2011 in Hartford, CT. The Working Families Party led the successful fight for the "Sick Days" bill. Connecticut was the first state in the union to pass such legislation. Other successful initiatives where also noted along with Working Families election victories.
The meeting featured the three democratic candidates for US Senate Susan Bysiewicz, former Connecticut Secretary of the State, William Tong, State Representative and Chris Murphy, U.S. Representative and an information session on three "bold new policy ideas for Connecticut." Several hundred people attended the event.
The three bold policy issues discussed were: (1) The development of the Connecticut Partnership Bank, molded after the successful Bank of North Dakota (2) Green Jobs modeled after the the Green Jobs-Green New York action and (3) The development of a state pension fund for those in the private sector currently without a defined pension.
Connecticut pro union rally
On March 30,2011, New Haven's "working people" got a jump on the “We Are One”actions that took place around the country on April 4, commemorating the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and his work with the Memphis sanitation workers. In attendance were UNITE HERE national president John Wilhelm, Connecticut AFL-CIO president John Olsen, Rep. Patricia Dillon, D-New Haven, and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012, alongside thousands of marchers from the community.
This rally didn't protest the attempt by elected officials to pass legislation that would take away collective bargaining rights. Instead, the coalition that has been organizing for months—beginning well before Wisconsin brought union rights to the front pages--included public workers fighting layoffs and privatization of their jobs, the unemployed, and one union that's been battling for 20 years for recognition.
- Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
- Connecticut People Before Profits, "Working families Annual Action Meeting" August 27, 2011
- AlterNet, Scott Walker Stirred a Hornet's Nest With His Assault on Public Workers But University Employees Have Been Fighting the Union-Busters for Years, April 5, 2011