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At Hartford rally, front-line workers share stories of layoffs, bouts of
​coronavirus and worry for the future
(Hartford Courant 10/21/20)

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HARTFORD — Among the workers who attended a rally outside Shiloh Baptist Church in Hartford on Tuesday, many have
elt the acute sting of losing income, opportunities and their good health to the pandemic.

Their burden, the workers argued, has been too heavy because Connecticut’s ultra-wealthy residents haven’t shouldered their
fair share.

​Standing alongside elected officials, labor unions and community groups, about 200 front-line and laid-off workers called on
​the state to restructure taxes, increase funding for job training and public services, and commit to seeing them through a “peoples' recovery.”

Here are the stories of some workers whose lives have been changed by COVID-19:

After friends succumb, worry about enough PPE[Clare Johnson, of Hartford, works at a nursing home in Rocky Hill.]
Clare Johnson, of Hartford, works at a nursing home in Rocky Hill. (Rebecca Lurye)

Clare Johnson raised up her poster board sign proclaiming “Billionaires must pay their share” as she chanted with the crowd.

“No more austerity!" she shouted. "No more cuts!”

Two of Johnson’s friends in the health care field died after contracting the virus, and a lot of others got sick “because there was no PPE, not enough of it," the 53-year-old Hartford woman said.

“They need to keep the PPE flowing,” Johnson, 53, said.

Johnson, who works in a nursing home in Rocky Hill, is concerned that facilities like hers will once again face shortages of personal protective equipment in the months ahead, putting front-line workers at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying.

Johnson has thyroid disease, which research has not ruled out as a risk factor for more severe cases of COVID-19. But Johnson is not only worried about her own health.

“I have a grandson at home,” she said. “I don’t like putting him at jeopardy.”

Timothy Braswell, 63, of Hartford was laid off in March from the Hilton hotel downtown, where he’d worked for 23 years as a banquet house attendant and bellhop.

Now Braswell is stretch his unemployment checks and frequenting grocery giveaways to feed himself and his youngest son.

“I have to give a little here and give a little there,” Braswell said of paying his rent and bills. “It’s just not enough.”

His son, born just a couple weeks after Braswell started working at the Hilton in 1997, was just about to come work at the hotel, too. He had a foot in the door until the coronavirus closed it.

“A lot of people with this pandemic, their hopes are being shattered,” Braswell said. “My son used to smile, and he don’t smile anymore."

Janet Sewell contracted the coronavirus and was out of work for three months from Arden House nursing home in Hamden. She spent nearly a month of that in the hospital.

After spending three months fighting the coronavirus, 58-year-old Janet Sewell did not want to go back to work.

The certified nursing assistant had a severe case that landed her in the hospital for nearly a month. Her oxygen levels kept dropping and she developed pneumonia. And when Sewell was well enough to return home to Hamden, it was with a prescription for supplemental oxygen, which she still uses weekly.

She wonders if the lingering effects of the virus will stay with her the rest of her life.

But even more, she worries she’ll catch COVID-19 again. Sewell works at Arden House in Hamden, where scores of residents contracted the virus and 53 have died.

While Arden House hasn’t seen any new cases, other facilities have, and coronavirus cases statewide are increasing. Sewell is too young to retire, and can’t afford to be out of work, so she returned in September.

“I made it, I survived, but what would make me think I’d survive it a second time?” she said.

Glenn Angus, a cook at Arden House, caught the virus, too, spending four days in the hospital and seven weeks out of work. Now, the 57-year-old Hamden man’s most immediate concern is keeping his job.

A number of employees have been laid off by parent company Genesis HealthCare, and Angus worries the next round will be the end of his 25-year career with the Arden House.

“Our ranks have been decimated. With one hand with they’re saying thank you, and with the other hand they’re holding the door open for you,” Angus said. “You go in every day, you don’t even know if you’re gonna have a job let alone whether you’re gonna get COVID.”

Angus’ finances are stretched thin, now, particularly after he followed his doctor’s recommendation to stay home one more week after worker’s compensation ran out.

He’s also helping out his daughter, who was laid off from a hotel in New Haven. Her unemployment insurance helps pay the rent but not much else, so Argus chips in to support her and his grandchild

“I don’t even know what to tell her,” Angus said. “Where can you get a job? I don’t know what to say.”

COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020

Who We Are

Carl Chisem, President

Michael Ercoli, Vice President

Leslie Maddocks, Secretary-Treasurer

John Birtwistle, Trustee

Tina Griffith, Trustee

Karen Martin, Trustee

Greg Graham, Trustee



Executive Board


We only have two more weekends before Election Day on November 3rd. On Saturday, October 24th we will be participating in two different Lit Drops to support endorsed candidates Martha Marx for Senate in the 20th Senate District and Rick Lopes for Senate in the 6th Senate District. Both events will begin at 10:00 am. Below are the meeting locations for each:

Saturday Oct 24th – 10am-1pm  
Martha Marx (24 Eugene O’Neill Drive, New London)
Rick Lopes (19 Bassett Street, New Britain)
 Please let Political Director Joelyn Leon know if you can attend one of these events. Again, we are not talking to voters – only dropping off literature at their doors. This makes it safe and quick!    Your participation would be greatly appreciated!