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Labor Department Employees to Honor Connecticut Workers September 27

For immediate release
September 20, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor will gather at the agency’s Workers’ Memorial, a striking formation of rock and stone, during a brief morning ceremony on Sept. 27 to honor Connecticut workers, past and present, who have helped create safer workplaces and healthier work environments. 

Located at the front entrance of the Department’s Central Office in Wethersfield, the Workers’ Memorial represents the solid contributions workers have made throughout Connecticut’s history to bring about the many improvements today’s workforce enjoys. 

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the agency’s cafeteria, located at 200 Folly Brook Blvd. in Wethersfield. Guests, employees and program speakers will then form a procession to the Memorial for the placing of a wreath.

State Labor Commissioner Patricia Mayfield and Deputy Commissioner Linda Agnew will begin the ceremony, followed by remarks from Lori Pelletier, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO.  Representatives of employee unions will also take part in the ceremony.  Also speaking will be Richard Palo, Director of CONN-OSHA and other staff members about the work of their division.

The theme of this year’s event is “Making a Difference” and speakers will highlight the work of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) employees and the services they provide to the workforce. 

“Our Workers’ Memorial, dedicated in 2002, is a testament to every man and woman in our workforce – including those in the past, the present and the future,” Mayfield explains. “Since its dedication, our Workers’ Memorial has stood as a symbol of the many contributions and sacrifices Connecticut workers have made and it is most fitting that we recognize them for their dedication and sacrifices.”

A color guard from the Connecticut National Guard will lead the procession to the Workers’ Memorial, and participate in the raising of the flag and David Caron of the Glastonbury Police Department will perform a bagpipe selection. Members of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development will also assist during the ceremony.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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