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
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
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