Given that the Department of Labor has uncovered a number of illegal labor practices at the Storrs Downtown site and at the University of Connecticut in recent years, we believe there is a need for stronger protections on behalf of building trades workers in Mansfield and the UConn campus.
Municipalities across the country have adopted “responsible contracting” ordinances to create equitable working conditions at publicly funded construction projects in their communities. In Connecticut alone, these laws exist in Danbury, Stamford, Killingly, Hartford, New Haven, New Britain, West Haven, and Middletown.
We are proposing a resonsible contracting ordinance for the Town of Mansfield and a responsible contracting policy for the University of Connecticut. These policies would work to guarantee a living wage, health benefits, apprenticeship training, anti-discrimination protections, and the hiring of local workers at publicly funded construction sites in the Town of Mansfield and on the University of Connecticut-Storrs campus.
Such measures would benefit not only the workers at these sites, but the community at large. They would help ensure that the money which taxpayers spend on public infrastructure stays in their communities. Taxpayer money would go to provide stable employment for local residents, who shop (and pay taxes) in our area.